The Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing
was established in 1989 by the Housing Authority of the
Merced. Federal funding for affordable
housing had ceased and the Director of the Housing Authority
believed there was still a need for more affordable housing within Merced
County. The primary goal was to establish a local,
non-governmental organization dedicated to bringing together available
funding programs within the community to help build and sustain affordable
its inception the Coalition has built upon partnerships starting
with the cities of Merced and Los Banos, the County of Merced, and the
Affordable Housing Development Corporation (AHDC).
The Coalition serves as the City of Merced's Community Housing Development
Organization (CHDO), and receives Community Development Block Grants from
the City on an annual basis to sustain local housing.
Early projects included new construction and
rehabilitation projects that soon branched beyond the County of Merced and
Central Valley. Projects include housing for low income, senior citizens,
homeless, and other special needs populations at project sites that range
from one unit to more than 200 unit apartment complexes. Today the
Coalition has projects in 90 cities in California, 2 cities in Arizona and
1 city in Washington which provide more than 16,000 units to low income
families. In addition the Coalition is responsible for managing several of
the properties throughout the Central Valley and provides Social Service
training at many of its sites statewide.
for projects comes from local, state, and federal funds and is primarily
done in collaboration with Private and City Partnerships.
The Coalition is dedicated to the original intent of
"Working diligently to increase the inventory of
decent, safe and affordable housing to persons and families of low and
moderate income throughout the valley.
We are willing to work with anyone or any agency that will help us
in this direction and, so far, we have been successful."
The Corporation is headed by
Chief Executive Officer, who has been with the organization since its
creation. The Coalition receives legal assistance from Mr. Robert Haden of
the Law Firm Robert Haden Professional Corporation, located at 2241