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Montbello FreshLo – Cover Story in Colorado Real Estate Journal

By the People. Less magic than hard work, FreshLo demonstrates community development done right. SOURCE: Colorado Real Estate Journal WORDS: Sean Vincent O’Keefe   Donna Garnett cares about her community and, like all good developers, she’s looking for a return on investment. As the CEO of the Montbello Organizing […]

Half Moon Bay Farmworker Housing Gains Approval After Push by Newsom

Source: KQED By: Tyche Hendricks Ayudando Latinos A Soñar headquarters in Half Moon Bay July 25, 2023. (Pablo Unzueta for El Tecolote/CatchLight Local)   Half Moon Bay planning commissioners approved a new apartment building for low-income senior farmworkers on Tuesday night, following a protracted debate that drew a strongly worded threat […]

Half Moon Bay farmworker housing plan reluctantly OK’d after Newsom’s criticism

Source: San Francisco Chronicle By J.K. Dineen [caption id="attachment_12256" align="aligncenter" width="720"] A rendering of the proposed housing project for farmworkers at 555 Kelly St. in Half Moon Bay. Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP[/caption]   Ten days after being admonished by Gov. Gavin Newsom for twice delaying approval of 40 units of […]

Gavin Newsom threatens Half Moon Bay with legal action over ‘egregious’ farmworker housing delay

Source: San Francisco Chronicle By Sophia Bollag Gov. Gavin Newsom, shown speaking about the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay in January 2023, has threatened legal action against the city for delaying a plan to build farmworker housing. Stephen Lam/The Chronicle 2023 SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday threatened potential […]

After last year’s deadly shootings, Half Moon Bay said it would build more farmworker housing. NIMBYs are blocking it.

Source: The Mercury News By KATE TALERICO | ktalerico@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group Proposal for farmworker apartments in downtown runs into anti-development sentiment Trailers are seen from this drone view at California Terra Gardens in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. Farm worker Chunli Zhao, 66, was booked […]

A Half Moon Bay tragedy exposed ‘deplorable’ living conditions. A plan to help is being stonewalled

Source: San Francisco Chronicle By J.K. Dineen RVs and trailers, where farmworkers were presumed to reside, sit inside the fenced area at California Terra Garden as police investigated the scene near Spanish Town shops off Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, after four people were shot and […]

A letter of support for senior farmworker housing at 555 Kelly

Source: HMB Review During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis, which continues to have a profound impact, we responded by making regular visits to farms and meeting with farmworkers. Recently, we spoke with six campesinos who shared with us the countless years they’ve dedicated to working the land, growing and […]

Join Us! AIASF Talk and Tour Islais Place

Join us for an informative talk and tour of Islais Place, one of the newest affordable housing projects in San Francisco by Van Meter Williams Pollack and BRIDGE Housing. Situated in the Excelsior district, this mixed-use building marks a significant development in the area after […]

Victoria’s New Home at Victory Village

Source: RCD Newsletter March 2024 Four years ago, Victoria received a notice from her landlord that her rent was increasing by $250 and that is the moment when her struggles began. The increase was more than she could manage with her car payment and the vet […]

The need for farmworker housing and 555 Kelly Avenue in the San Francisco Chronicle

A year after Half Moon Bay mass shooting, farmworkers still waiting for better housing Source: San Francisco Chronicle By Jessica Flores [caption id="attachment_11824" align="alignnone" width="720"] Amairani Cortes walks to the gate at California Terra Garden in Half Moon Bay on Jan. 26, 2023, days after the mass shooting […]

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