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Tahoe Valley Townhomes praised by city officials

South Shore living has often been described as “poverty with a view.”

But recently, the Rural California Housing Corporation, a Sacramento nonprofit development corporation, made it possible for Tahoe residents to live well – even on a tight budget.

Tahoe Valley Townhomes were introduced to the community through an open house last week.

The $3 million rehabilitation of Tahoe Valley Townhomes paints affordable housing in a whole new light.

Formerly run-down and ill-maintained, the 70-unit apartment complex has been rehabilitated into affordable housing for families earning 50 to 60 percent of the local area median income.

All major systems, including heating, roof, siding and asphalt, have been replaced and each unit has all new appliances, kitchen and bath fixtures and landscaping.

“This has been an excellent, major improvement,” said resident Tim Blaha, who is bound to a wheelchair. “There are only four units in all of Tahoe that are specifically handicapped-accessible. What this company did is in the remodeling, they brought these four units up to code.”

Rural California Housing Corporation recently added four new units, which comply with the needs of people with physical disabilities. Lowered light switches, full bathtubs, bars in the bathroom and a ramp into the home are some features.

Mayor Tom Davis is pleased with the rehabilitation.

“I’m absolutely impressed that the city was able to be a partner in moving this along,” Davis said. “This project is a trophy project to show that it can be done – to revitalize a property that really needs remodeling. We’re tickled pink.”

Davis referred to Tahoe Valley Townhomes as “a quality, affordable housing community.”

“My next comment is, what’s next?” Davis said. “Let’s keep going.”

Rural California Housing Corporation Project Manager Rich Ciraulo said his company has done other projects in South Shore and would like to do more in the future.

“We’re very, very interested in doing more work in South Lake Tahoe,” Ciraulo said. “We’re interested in seeing if there are more projects like this one we can work on.”

Ciraulo said Patrick Conway, the city’s housing coordinator, contacted Rural California Housing Corporation to do an analysis of the Tahoe Valley facility. Ciraulo and Conway began a study on the property about four years ago.

“Actually, the reason we chose South Lake Tahoe is because the city came to us,” Ciraulo said. “We wanted to come in and make this a better site. As a company, we had an interest because we know there is a great need for affordable housing in South Lake Tahoe.”

Conway also recognized the growing need for an affordable housing community at South Shore.

“I’m very happy to see the completion of this project,” Conway said. “It was badly needed in our community and we’ve restored (the Tahoe Valley facility) back to good living conditions.”

One-bedroom apartments are rented at $475 per month. Two-bedrooms are $575 and three-bedrooms are $675.

“Low-income housing is a marvelous idea,” Administrator Chris Rowe said. “What we offer at this facility is resident services. The most fascinating things are the resident services outlet and the social services outlet.”

Rowe said he can help residents with just about anything they need.

“If they need counseling, we’ll find them counseling,” Rowe said. “If they need classes, we’ll find them classes. So many people can benefit by me simply saying, ‘What can I do for you?'”

For rental information, call Rowe at (530) 541-7274.

Tahoe Valley Townhomes are located at 1055 Tata Lane, South Lake Tahoe.

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