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in earthquake country," Kuhn says. "The standards keep getting
higher and higher.
"That makes these homes quite complex," he continues. "The
framing and structural elements on the front and back of the
homes are quite complex, and [made] even more difficult since we
do not have experienced framers."
Santa Rosa-based Burbank Housing started operations in 1980 and
also specializes in multifamily apartments. "Recently, a lot more of
our business has been the multifamily and not the self-help, single-family homes," Kuhn says.
Kuhn has been with Burbank Housing for more than 10 years
and credits its success to effective management. "We've done a
very good job capitalizing on the funding sources that are available
for the people that we serve," he says.
He is proud of the company's work. "We have built and managed
affordable rental housing for about 3,000 households," he says,
noting that Burbank Housing has built more than 800 homes like
the ones found in Catalina.
The organization also has helped lower the number of homeless
people in the area, a result of its work of which Kuhn and Burbank
are very proud.
"It's helping keep down the housing cost pressure of people,"
Kuhn says. "It is a pretty big deal for somebody that was previously
homeless to own a home. When we see somebody make that kind
of stride, we can really see the value we bring value to the community we serve." )
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