Thursday, May 24, 2007

Agency Wins Award For Laurel Gardens Project

Agency Wins Award For Laurel Gardens Project
By Daily Republic staff

FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield Redevelopment Agency and the Fairfield Housing Authority have been named a recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Merit Award for the Laurel Gardens Apartments project, the city announced Wednesday.

Laurel Gardens is the first affordable housing project in Solano County that provides housing to low-income individuals with disabilities as well as the homeless.

The project is a partnership between the redevelopment agency and the housing authority and the non-profit group Caminar Solano.

The city said in a press release that the project "proved to be a success on several levels."

Among those: It allows disabled and homeless people who have been out of the workforce for years to re-enter the job market, and it provides housing to low-income people who are already at risk of becoming homeless.

The Fairfield Redevelopment Agency contributed $1.1 million to the project, which opened in May 2006.

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