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WASHINGTON, D.C— Today, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) announced that following her efforts to secure $26 million in federal funding, the Santa Clara County Housing Authority (HACSC) and the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto have reached an agreement that will ensure the preservation and upgrade of the mobile home park and allow its 400 low-income residents to remain in their homes. The agreement follows months of negotiations and an extensive process by the Housing Authority to obtain a fair market value appraisal and secure a park operator. Eshoo’s office worked closely with Supervisor Joe Simitian and HACSC to obtain approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to use federal funding.
“Today is cause for great celebration for the residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. I’m proud to have helped secure $26 million in federal funding to complement the overall package to save the homes of 400 Palo Altans. These resources will also help to renovate over 100 units of affordable housing for the community,” Congresswoman Eshoo said. “The superb leadership of Supervisor Joe Simitian, the efforts of the Santa Clara County Housing Authority, the City of Palo Alto, and the County of Santa Clara have brought about a remarkable success for our mutual constituents.”
The agreement between HACSC and the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park ensures that the 400 people living on site retain a right to lease a space or apartment. The upgrades will also improve the park’s utilities and replace approximately twelve “studio” apartments with twelve or more new rental apartments.
Congresswoman Eshoo spearheaded the effort to obtain HUD’s approval for HACSC to use federal funding for the project, working with former Secretary Julian Castro from February 2015 until Inauguration Day in January, 2017.
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