February 12, 2001

– Recognizing the crucial role that cooperative efforts between local governments, for profit and community groups have in expanding affordable housing today, BALA includes a category dedicated solely to this sector.
This year nine projects won the HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence for innovation in affordable housing.

A separate set of criteria that considers factors affecting affordability is used for these entries. These include:
  • The home must be built or rehabbed for homeownership, not for rental property.
  • The selling price must be at or below the median price for a home in its metropolitan statistical area.
  • It must have been built as a cooperative effort of a combination of: local government, not-for-profit and community groups and private industry.
  • The home must demonstrate design excellence.
  • It should demonstrate innovation in one or all of three areas: technology, regulatory barrier removal or revitalizing its neighborhood or community.
Platinum Winner:
City of Oxnard Housing Department

Project Name: El Paseo – Plan D
Location: Oxnard, California
Designer / Architect: WFA Architecture & Planning, Inc.
Builder / Developer: Community Dynamics & Catellus Residential Group
Interior Design: Two's Company Interiors
Land Planner: WFA Architecture & Planning, Inc.

El Paseo is a neo-traditional community of 190 affordable, two-story single-family detached homes in Oxnard, California's fastest growing northeastern quadrant. The city's planners have integrated very low and low-income ownership housing in the midst of a new, moderate-income area to promote diversification and stability for the entire community. Housing prices at El Paseo range from $89,950 to $149,950 in an area where the median price of a home exceeds $320,000.
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