Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 133
Burbank Housing - Catalina Townhomes
" Our construction timelines are a little longer than for-profit projects."
TOM KUHN, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Burbank Housing is dedicated to making more housing available for low-income people and those with special needs.
On Their Own
Homebuyers are constructing their
future dwellings in the Catalina
Townhomes project. BY ALAN DORICH
BURBANK HOUSING - CATALINA TOWNHOMES
www.burbankhousing.org / Project budget: $22 million /
Location: Santa Rosa, Calif. / Peak workers: 200 /
Scope: 60 townhomes
Every homeowner takes pride in their home, but not all can
say that they were involved in their construction. But those in the
Catalina Townhomes development can, since they are building the
majority of the structures.
The $22 million project located in Santa Rosa, Calif., is a selfhelp, single family home project being developed by Burbank Housing, a nonprofit organization that focuses on making more housing
available in Sonoma County for low-income people of all ages,
backgrounds and special needs. "We have access to funding for affordable housing," Senior Project Manager Tom Kuhn explains.
These funds are accessed through city, state and federal governments and are earmarked for self-help housing construction. "The
person buying the home has to contribute a significant amount of
labor to build the homes," he says, noting that the residents work
under the guidance and training of Burbank Housing supervisors.
But to stay safe, Burbank Housing utilizes subcontractors to
complete some complex tasks, such as roofing or cement work.
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