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Gertie welcomes residents to new community
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Gertie welcomes residents to new community


A recycled metal sculpture named "Gertie" by Sacramento artist Steve Cook welcomes residents and visitors to Mutual Housing’s latest community, the Highlands. Officially opened on December 8, the Highlands has six courtyards with deciduous trees, tables, benches and planter boxes connecting 90 apartments.  


Located on a 3.5-acre parcel in the McClellan Redevelopment Area, the Highlands has 66 efficiency apartments for formerly homeless people and 12 studio apartments and 12 three-bedroom ones for people of modest means.  


The complex has a community room and kitchen, a computer lab and conference room as well as offices for staff. The community room will have educational workshops in energy conversation, financial management and youth programs as well as leadership training. Resident councils also will use the room for meetings.


All units have tankless water heaters with ductless heating in the smaller units and evaporative coolers in the larger as well as energy-efficient appliances. Solar panels also were installed. Mutual Housing staff expect the project to be certified green by Building It Green later this year.


Mutual Housing’s first foray into homeless services, a medical clinic and social services,  provided by the nonprofits Turning Point, The Effort and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, are on site.  Funding for Turning Point services comes from the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.


The Highlands is the 15th multifamily development of the local nonprofit in the two-county region.


Sacramento-based Cynthia Easton Architects and Chico-based Sunseri Construction, Inc. were the architects and general contractor, respectively. 


Founded in 1988, Sacramento|Yolo Mutual Housing Association develops and operates well-designed rental housing for modest-income households. The communities have 2,600 residents, half of whom are children.


Through Mutual Housing’s focus on leadership, the nonprofit also provides training and mentoring as well as educational programs, community-building activities and services for residents and neighbors. For more information, visit http://www.mutualhousing.com. www.mutualhousing.com.

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