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Burbank Housing Development Corporation

790 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Contact: John Lowry, Executive Director
Phone: 707-526-9782
Fax: 707-526-9811
URL: www.burbankhousing.org
Email: bhdc@burbankhousing.org
Burbank Housing Development Corporation

Burbank Housing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the supply of affordable housing in Sonoma County so that low- to moderate-income people of all ages, backgrounds and special needs will have a better opportunity to live in decent and affordable housing. Burbank offers rental and homeownership assistance as well as other essential community services.

Program



Client Population

Burbank primarily serves Sonoma County's low and very low income population where the area median income is just over $75,000 for a family of four and, according to a 2004 American Community Survey, 5.6% of families live below the poverty level. Housing in Sonoma County is among the least affordable in the country. Client diversity is 47% European American, 43% Hispanic/Latino, 4% African American, 3% Other Ethnicity, 2% Asian American, and 1% Native American. Sixty percent of Burbank's clients are women. Annual incomes served in current projects range from $7,200 to $79,600.

Impact

Burbank Housing has developed over 1,400 new rental units and rehabilitated over 400 units. In 28 new subdivisions, Burbank has developed and constructed over 680 homes, 485 of them through its mutual self-help program. Realizing the limitations often felt by children and adults in affordable housing, Burbank's Community Services Program provides community linkages and on-site programs that are vital to residents' ability to achieve greater social and economic self-sufficiency. Services, generally provided in collaboration with other agencies, include Boys & Girls Club, Girl Scouts, ESL and parenting classes, after school programs, computer labs, and family literacy programs.

Story

Burbank Housing Development Corporation
After their son Joseph experienced several medical problems requiring frequent hospitalizations, Leonard and Josephine Wells found their lives turned upside down. They lost their jobs, and then lost their home. The Wells stayed with relatives, which was very difficult with a sick child, until they were accepted into Jay’s Place, assisted by Burbank. At Jay’s Place, the Wells were able to get their lives back on track. Josephine is now a property manager at Burbank Housing, Leonard is a bus driver and Joseph will start kindergarten this year. According to Leonard, “All there is to do now is go forward!” Full Story

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