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Guadalupe Court apartments set to be completed this month

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 00:31:55-04

A project that has been in the works for about two years in Guadalupe is almost ready to go.

Although construction is still happening right now, the apartment units in Guadalupe will be reserved for farmworkers and their families.

"Guadalupe Court" construction began back in December 2018.

"You know, many months to get to this point to where you first dropped your bucket in the ground and grab that first piece of dirt to what's here now. It's quite a transformation,” said Scott Tomlin, site superintendent.

To be considered, applicants must have a background in agriculture.

"All the residents have to have some type of connection to the agriculture industry,” said John Fowler, President & CEO of People Self-Help Housing.

The complex will include 1, 2- and 3-bedroom housing with amenities like an outdoor courtyard and site-based educational programs.

"I know that the city is evolving beyond farming but there's still a great need for farmworker housing," said Fowler.

Since the project is funded by grants, rent prices are set. Fowler says residents will be paying roughly 30 percent of their salary.

"This funding is by USDA which requires U.S, citizenship and so all residents here will be U.S. citizens which would be different than an H2A program," said Fowler.

Some Guadalupe residents say these homes will create an opportunity for people to stay in the community.

"For people to stay here it's good because it keeps them here in the community to stay and help," said resident Cuauhtemoc Esquer.

The project is set to be done in about three to four weeks. Applications are still being taken and can be picked up outside the River View Townhomes at 230 Calle Cesar E. Chavez in Guadalupe.