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Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: Cabrillo Unified School District Workforce Housing Project

Greenbelt Alliance is excited to endorse Cabrillo Unified School District’s (CUSD) Workforce Housing Project, a proposed residential development in Half Moon Bay. This innovative development envisions 60 units with 20% affordability. ​All units will be leased to CUSD employees at heavily discounted rents with 12 deed-restricted units that will include: four at 50% Area Median Income (AMI), 6 at 80% AMI, and 2 at 120% AMI.

The development will be located next to the school district offices and Hatch Elementary School, allowing district employees to live in affordable housing where they work. Units will be offered to district teachers or staff for seven year terms which will allow for increased housing stability and staff retention.

The Workforce Housing Project development is modeled after the successful Jefferson Union High School District Educational Housing in Daly City, which has been incredibly successful with a long waitlist of interested residents. According to a survey conducted by the developer, over 80 school district employees were interested in the housing out of a total of 126 survey respondents, showing the immense need for this type of project.

Transit Oriented Development: A Sustainable Strategy

The site is in a central location that is a less than five-minute walk to downtown Half Moon Bay and located on a primary N/S bus route through Half Moon Bay and the Coastside. Additionally, the site is walkable or bikeable to 75% of the jobs within the Cabrillo Unified School District. For work distances that are not walkable, bikeable, or transit-oriented, a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program will be developed including facility shuttles.

According to GreenTRIP—a free online tool created by Transform that models traffic and greenhouse gas impacts of residential projects in California—the Cabrillo Unified School District’s Workforce Housing Project will result in:

  • 59 fewer miles driven every day compared to the San Mateo County average.
  • 3% fewer GHG impacts every day compared to the San Mateo County average.

Greenbelt Alliance is proud to support this project and looks forward to the impact of the Cabrillo Unified School District Workforce Housing Project not just in the district, but in impacting the expansion of innovative, sustainable, workforce housing developments across the Bay Area.

Greenbelt Alliance’s Climate SMART—Sustainable, Mixed, Affordable, Resilient, Transit-Oriented— Development Endorsement Program goals call for fully protecting the Bay Area’s greenbelt, directing growth within existing communities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and accomplishing both in a way that equitably benefits all Bay Area residents. Our Endorsement Program supports projects that advance the right kind of development in the right places. By promoting climate SMART development, we can create thriving, resilient neighborhoods with ready access to transit and housing choices for all of the Bay Area’s people. Find out more about our Endorsement Program here. Feel free to contact our team for more information and support.

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