SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —
Two new affordable housing options are taking shape in Sacramento for renters and home buyers.
In North Natomas, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and developer D.R. Horton began selling homes starting at $268,000.
The utility company said there are no gas lines — making it the first all-electric home community in the country. The homes are geared toward the first-time home buyer.
“Housing is certainly a challenge in our area, and this is a way to address those needs and have livable communities,” SMUD architect Ray Nalangan said.
Model homes have been completed, and construction will continue into 2019.
In terms of established affordable developments, The Mill at Broadwayis in its second phase, rounding out 400 of its ultimate 1,000 homes starting at around $300,000.
The development offers three different home types to meet different income levels.
“Somebody needs a 550-square-foot one-bedroom, a single person wanting the downtown lifestyle,” project manager Kevin Smith said. “We predominately designed this community to meet the lifestyle needs of millennials and younger, smaller households.”
In the city center, a mixed-income rental development will break ground.
The City Council approved $3.3 million in Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, or SHRA, funds for 159 unit rentals at 1717 S St. in the popular R Street Corridor district in Midtown.
SHRA provides gap financing for projects that create affordable housing. The agency said the city approved four projects in 2018.
The development is a product of the late developer Ali Youssefi, who died at the age of 35 from cancer.
The city said half of the rentals will be designated as affordable to people with various levels of income.
“People cannot — people should not — be priced out of this city that we are trying to attract more people to come choose to live,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said.
Monthly rates will vary based on income and the area median income, which is around $57,000.
Forty-three percent will be restricted to tenants making no more than 50 percent of the area median income.
Another 21 units will be reserved for those who make no more than 80 percent of the area median income.
An additional 15 units will be for those with incomes no higher than 120 percent of the median.
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid- to late-2019.