Grant funds for city projects expired, now Christian group will be building homes on Calvin and San Emidio

Habitat for Humanity has two more lots to use to put families in homes of their own in Taft.

The Taft City Council voted unanimously on July 19 to approve the transfer of city-owned residential lots at 233 Calvin Street and 613 San Emidio to Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire.

Tony Miranda, the new executive director of the HFH Golden Empire chapter of the international Christian housing ministry, accepted the transfer and thanked the council.

The city has owned both properties for several years and planned to build affordable housing but ran out of time to get grant funding,  Grant Administrator an City Clerk Yvette Mayfield said in a staff report.

"Unfortunately, the HOME grant that the city was going to use to fund the housing timed-out before any action was taken to develop," she wrote.

Then Habitat for Humanity stepped in.

"The City has received a proposal from Habitat for Humanity and they would like to update and develop out the plans that the City had for these properties," Mayfield wrote in the staff report. "After researching the funding sources used to purchase the lots, and any restrictions that would go along with the lots, we have found their proposal to be consistent with the requirement that both properties be developed with affordable housing with long-term affordability restrictions.

Habitat for Humanity is no stranger to the Taft area. the group has helped build several homes in the Taft area , including several on the 100 block of Center.

The city will transfer the San Emidio property at no price and habitat has agreed to pay $6,500 to the city for the Calvin Street land to cover the costs associated with a grant.

Habitat will cover all fees associated with the purchase and transfer, Mayfield said.