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Lottery Drawing for Affordable Housing - EdHat Santa Barbara

Lottery Drawing for Affordable Housing - EdHat Santa Barbara

Source: Peoples' Self-Help Housing

Peoples' Self-Help Housing held a lottery drawing Thursday April 16 for applicants wishing to live in the all-new Casas de las Flores affordable housing complex, which will open September 2015 in Carpinteria with 43 town house-style apartments.

Carpinteria Mayor Gregg Carty pulled applicant lottery numbers individually from a tumbler during the drawing -- held live at Peoples' Dahlia Court II affordable housing complex, 1305 Dahlia Court in Carpinteria. The lottery drawing determined the order in which interested parties, who have submitted a pre-application, will have their application processed for a Casas de las Flores apartment.

Casas de las Flores will feature a community room, youth education classroom and computer room, playgrounds, a half-court basketball court, walking paths and more.

"It's a beautiful apartment complex, but it's really much more than that, too," said Joe Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for The Duncan Group, the property management division of Peoples' Self- Help Housing. "The sense of community and having a safe and healthy home really speaks to the mission of Peoples' Self-Help Housing."

Approximately 350 households applied to live at Casas de las Flores and were part of Thursday's drawing. Many watched as Mayor Carty drew the names.

Casas de las Flores is currently under construction at 4096 Via Real in Carpinteria, the former site of the Carpinteria Camper Park. Peoples' purchased the extremely blighted camper park from an absentee landlord more than a decade ago and successfully located replacement housing for the 80 households who were living in very poor conditions on the property. After years of preparation, Peoples' broke ground on the project in April 2014.