Officials from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) recently celebrated the actions of numerous Bay Area communities that have been awarded voter-approved Proposition 1C housing bond funds from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Over the past few years, the Bay Area has taken big steps to address current and future population and job growth. In the city of Pittsburg, officials welcomed the funding for $17 million in new senior housing located near access to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.
According to Pittsburg Mayor Nancy L. Parent, "This project, Siena Court, will bring much needed, high-density, affordable senior housing to the City of Pittsburg, where there are over 300 seniors on the waiting list for affordable housing."
"We’d like to thank the officials at the California Department of Housing and Community Development for supporting our efforts here in the region to promote development of housing near transit. Residents of these households drive half as much as other Bay Area residents. This kind of development also helps keep residents’ transportation costs down and gives our transit operators a new base of riders," noted ABAG President and San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson.
"This funding is a critical piece of San Francisco’s economic stimulus efforts — these developments will get people back to work quickly on projects that will make San Francisco a more environmentally and economically sustainable city," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "If not for this state support, these projects would be severely delayed or entirely abandoned."