Housing Project in Hayward will Move Forward

Monday, September 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In 2011, the City of Hayward was awarded $460,000 through a Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) grant. HCD’s grant money was part of the Building Equity and Growth Neighborhood (BEGIN) program that was created to provide financial assistance for the development of affordable housing. Hayward partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley to develop Sequoia Grove, a 10-unit homeownership development.

Hayward reached out to Assemblymember Quirk for assistance after HCD sent a letter warning them that if the money was not used by June 30, 2016 the contract would expire and the money lost. “A delay in the acquisition of the site planned for development put the project on hold for two years and subsequently threatened the ability to use the money,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. “This project is critical for my constituents. I immediately took action, working with Budget Committees, the Governor’s office, HCD and leadership in both houses to find a way to extend the contract,” he continued.

A compromise was finally reached and language to extend the contract was included in AB 1613. AB 1613 was signed into law last week and allows Hayward and Habitat for Humanity to use the grant money until June 30, 2018.

"Habitat for Humanity is grateful to Assemblymember Quirk for his efforts in reinstating critical funding for our 10-home development in Hayward," said Janice Jensen, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. "Our Sequoia Grove community will provide much needed affordable homeownership opportunities to hard working, lower income families in Hayward. Without this funding we would not be able to move this development forward. This support is a big win for the community and the future homeowners who will live here."
"Affordable housing has become increasingly scarce in Hayward and throughout the bay area. Thanks to the efforts of Assembly Member Quirk, this bill will allow a much-needed Habitat for Humanity project to go forward and provide homes that will be affordable for local families," said Hayward Mayor, Barbara Halliday.
“I am thrilled that we succeeded in extending this critical funding to the Sequoia Grove housing project. Affordable housing continues to be one of the biggest issues facing my community, and the money from this project will make homeownership a reality for more families,” Assemblymember Quirk stated after Governor Brown signed AB 1613.

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Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue & Taxation, Rules, and Utilities & Commerce.

Website of Assemblymember Quirk: http://www.asmdc.org/quirk