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Construction Milestone Reached for Watsonville Affordable

Partners from the city, county and state joined to mark the construction framing milestone of Sparrow Terrace, MidPen Housing’s 14th affordable rental community in Santa Cruz County. Located at 141 Miles Ln. in Watsonville, Sparrow Terrace will offer 72 affordable apartments.  

Thirty-five units carry a preference for farmworker families and six are reserved for individuals who have experienced homelessness. Forty-three Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Authority of Santa Cruz will enable the development to serve residents at even lower income levels. 

“Sparrow Terrace illustrates the power of collaboration, starting with Encompass Community Services, which envisioned a partnership to address the pressing need for affordable homes and expanded behavioral health services,” said Matthew O. Franklin, president and CEO of MidPen Housing. “Thanks to a density bonus from the city, we increased the number of affordable homes on this site, and funding from the state opens doors for farmworker families and people who have experienced homelessness.” 


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