First Community Housing

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 75 E Santa Clara St Suite 1300 San Jose CA 95113 USA

Mission: First Community Housing is making a positive impact on our community by building high quality, sustainable, 100% affordable housing developments and offering resident services that meet the needs of those who earn less than the area''s median income.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: Summary of Three Core FCH Programs:1. Creating high-quality, affordable, rental housing: First Community Housing (FCH) is committed to building sustainable, energy-efficient, high-quality, 100% affordable rental housing for those who earn less than the Bay Area’s median income. We use rotating teams of award-winning architects, engineers, and general contractors over and over and build at least two buildings at the same time.  Budget: Housing developments are funded by our yearly budget.  2. Building sustainably: FCH strategically locates its developments near public transit and offers free annual transit passes to residents to reduce dependence on private cars, and significantly lowering our residents’ transportation costs. Our commitment to sustainable development includes two USGBC LEED™ NC Gold certified projects in operation, and a recently opened LEED-registered 60-unit studio project supporting the area’s first living roof. Additionally, we are planning three other developments with living rooftops and LEED registration. By constructing at least two buildings concurrently, using similar green materials and systems (but unique and individual designs) we save about 2-3% on costs which then helps pay for more expensive sustainable materials and systems. FCH builds with the tenant’s health in mind by using these green products in the construction and interior finishes: ENERGY STAR appliances Fluorescent lighting Low-flow water fixtures Low water landscaping Hydronic heating (uses hot water heater for space heating, saving space and cost) Non-toxic finishes and cabinets Recycled content carpeting Double-glazed windows and doors Formaldehyde-free insulation Recycled content interior trim and baseboards Engineered structural lumber which is stronger than lumber, but uses less wood Solar electricity generation for common areas Hardiboard fiber-cement siding Sustainable office and community room furniture Our property management companies receive training in non-toxic cleaning solutions, the proper care of green building materials such as linoleum, and properly maintaining photovoltaic and other clean energy systems. FCH employs a Sustainable Facilities Manager to oversee rehab of existing units with green materials as well as the proper day-to-day operations noted above.     Budget: FCH receives funding from corporations and foundations via grants for many of the green, sustainable elements of our developments.3. Serving our residents: In partnership with the privately contracted comprehensive housing management services at each property, FCH provides enhanced, on-site resident services. These services are customized to the needs of tenants via needs assessment surveys, tenant community meetings and partnerships with service-based non-profit organizations. The low-income populations we serve include families, senior citizens, and individuals as well as special needs populations such as the chronically ill, the developmentally disabled, and consumers of mental health services. The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) has recognized FCH as a state leader in the development of affordable housing for special populations.  Budget: The FCH yearly budget is used to fund resident services. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

I Neal Folsom moved into FCH on July 19, 2012. I really like it, because the building was made out of recycle material, that we need to keep out of our landfills. We all should try harder to keep our planet in good health. One thing that I also enjoy that there is a beautiful garden on the roof. It so wonderful living here on fourth st apts. I really don't think that I''ll ever leave this wonderful place, l have a great view on the 8th floor, and the management are really nice people to chat, or hang around with. I'm also really glad that FCH wants to keep building and expanding there business.

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FCH is one of the best US based non-profit groups that builds affordable housing. FCH uses state of the art LED lighting to help homeowners keep their electrical cost low, they follow strict LEED Platinum and GOLD building standards, which gives healthy living homes to low income families! They are the leader in Low income housing construction. Thank you FCH!

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