FRESNO COUNTY – Thanks to assistance from a state grant, local affordable housing developer Fresno Housing was able to give an Orange Cove apartment complex geared toward agricultural workers and their families a much-needed facelift.
Fresno Housing finished renovation work on the Citrus Commons apartment complex, located off Citrus Avenue in Orange Cove, in November 2023. They are currently accepting applications from qualifying residents interested in living in the complex.
Fresno Housing is an affordable housing developer and property manager that works throughout Fresno County communities large and small. According to its website, Fresno Housing has developed more than 2,100 affording housing units since its conception in 2010.
Citrus Commons is one of four developments by Fresno Housing that is specifically geared toward agricultural laborers; the others are located in Fresno, Huron and Parlier. Developments like this, that are geared toward agricultural workers, are intended to support individuals and families living in rural communities like Orange Cove.
A Fresno Housing representative said that, with the country in an affordable housing crisis, these developments are vital to providing stable housing. Affordable housing developments allow individuals and families to be in better shape financially, resulting in other social, education and health benefits as well, Fresno Housing said.
According to the representative, the funding for the renovations came from the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program. Renovations began in January 2023, and Fresno Housing hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completed project at the beginning of December 2023.
Citrus Commons was originally built more than 30 years ago, and was in need of extensive renovations to make the quality of life better for its residents. Fresno Housing said the swamp coolers used to cool each unit were becoming inadequate, and many of the appliances and other components of the development needed to be replaced.
All 30 units at Citrus Commons received updates to the kitchens, including the cabinets, appliances and counters; the bathrooms, including the showers, toilets and sinks; and received new flooring, new light fixtures, new water heaters and refreshed coats of paint.
Fresno Housing said they also added a playground area to the apartment complex and put in shared laundry facilities.
To apply to the interest list for Citrus Commons, applicants can visit the online application portal available through Fresno Housing’s website. The interest list is the first step, and if applicants are selected, they will be notified and given 10 days to complete the full intake application online.
Then, Fresno Housing will schedule an in-person appointment with the applicant, leasing specialist and the property management agent. If the client is eligible for the program, they will schedule their move-in and attend to any other necessary details.
For a paper application or for assistance with the application, those interested should call Fresno Housing at 559-441-2318.