Housing agency eyes complex rehabilitation of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park (Santa Clara County Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
October 31st, 2019

From Palo Alto Weekly:

Two years after the Santa Clara County Housing Authority saved the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto from closure, staff with the county agency say that a complex rehabilitation of the property at 3980 El Camino Real still lies ahead. And to make it happen, the Housing Authority on Nov. 1 is parting ways with Caritas Corporation, the nonprofit organization that has been managing the affordable-housing community of nearly 400 people, and taking charge of the park's rehabilitation itself.

During its tenure, Caritas, which specializes in preserving and improving mobile home communities in California, oversaw essential repairs to the mobile homes; made improvements to the park's security, grounds, parking lot, community bathroom and laundry room; created the park's first community space inside a new mobile home; and provided an after-school program and a summer-reading program through a partnership with Stanford University and volunteers, according to the Housing Authority. It also conducted a survey of residents to collect economic and other demographic data.

Katherine Harasz, executive director of the Housing Authority, said Tuesday during a press briefing that her agency and Caritas determined that the park is now stable and that the county should take the lead on planning, redevelopment strategy and improvements to the park's infrastructure.

"We wanted to move quicker. The complexity of what's in front of us justified the Housing Authority taking over," she said.

Read Palo Alto Weekly's article "Housing agency eyes complex rehabilitation of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park," featuring the Santa Clara County Housing Authority.

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