Modesto Community Celebrates Grand Opening of Sustainable, Affordable Housing

January 26, 2024
Director Gustavo Velasquez, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Mayor Sue Zwahlen and others at Archway Commons II ribbon-cutting.

Archway Commons II ribbon-cutting.

Modesto, CA —  

HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez joined State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Mayor Sue Zwahlen in celebrating the grand opening of Archway Commons II, a new affordable housing development in Modesto, CA. 

This project by EAH Housing, combined with Phase I completed in 2013, provides 150 units for families and seniors and more than three acres of housing and amenities including a community center, swimming pool, and computer learning center. 

“One of the best parts of my job is to come to communities like this one, to celebrate the work that goes into, and the success that comes out of, making affordable housing dreams come true for people like working families, seniors, veterans, other Californians,” said Director Velasquez. “Sustainable and affordable housing developments are what this state so desperately needs.”

Archway Commons II is also a model for sustainable living and meets the state’s Zero Net Energy goals with their use of solar paneling to offset 100% of the common and residential energy load.

This project was funded with nearly $25 million from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), which is administered by the Governor’s Strategic Growth Council and implemented by HCD.

“AHSC supports projects like this one to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to also benefit disadvantaged communities by increasing access to affordable housing, employment centers, and other important destinations,” said Director Velasquez.

 Across the state, $2.5 billion has been invested through AHSC since 2015, creating 15,300 new affordable homes with an estimated 4.4 million metric tons of emissions reduced.

View the video below of the grand opening event and to hear from Archway Commons resident Victoria.

Archway Commons Grand Opening