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Fair Haven Commons affordable housing opens in Fairfield

Construction began in 2021, completed in May 2023 and is part of Fairfield's Homeless Strategy goal.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — A new housing development for very low to low-income households in Fairfield has finished construction and is ready for residents to move in.

The Fair Haven Commons began construction in 2021 with developer MidPen — a nonprofit that is also the owner and onsite resident services provider of this and two other locations in the city, according to Polo Munoz, Associate Director of Development.

“As a mission-driven organization, MidPen believes in providing safe, affordable housing that will establish stability and opportunity for residents,” Munoz said.

The new development, on Sunset Avenue in Fairfield, provides 72 affordable homes for families, including 44 units with a set-aside preference for households who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness and other supportive housing needs.

Of the 72 units, 51 households are using Housing Choice Vouchers, formerly known as Section 8, which the Fairfield Housing Authority gave. The city allocated and spent about $6 million in land, financing, impact fee credits and housing vouchers for this development. Solano County also partnered and funded the project.

The Housing Services Department and Mid Pen Housing Corp are proud to announce that construction is complete at Fair Haven Commons! (1695 Sunset Avenue) The first residents will move in on June 1, 2023. Forty-four (44) of the 72 units will be occupied by homeless households, and the remaining 27 units will be occupied by extremely low to low-income households. Fair Haven Commons represents a City of Fairfield investment of approximately $6.1 million in land, financing, impact fee credits, and 51 project-based Section 8 vouchers.

Posted by City of Fairfield, CA - Government on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Units offered range from studios to three-bedroom apartments — a total of six studios, 30 one-bedroom, 30 two-bedroom, and six three-bedroom apartment homes. The apartment homes are for households earning up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). There are also 80 parking spots available to residents. 

The waitlist is closed for those looking to lease.

“Fair Haven Commons demonstrates a responsive solution aimed to address housing instability and supports the Regional Action Plan which aims to reduce homelessness in the Bay Area by 75% within three years,” the city says in a statement. “It also furthers the City of Fairfield’s Homeless Strategy goal.”

That goal is to “permanently reduce homelessness in Fairfield” by using the below strategy:

  • Protect the health and safety of Fairfield residents
  • Increase housing opportunities and displacement support
  • Strengthen the system of care services and programs
  • Improve public policy and community engagement
  • Strengthen regional capacity to address homelessness 

According to the development profile, rents range from $275 to $1,187 or more per month depending on which unit is rented. 

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