SVA Architects has announced its first collaboration with Resources for Community Development (RCD) to provide the design of an affordable housing project in Northern California, US.

Expected to secure a building permit by the end of this year, construction of the project is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2024.

Branagh Construction is also a partner in the project.

SVA founding partner and CEO Ernesto M Vasquez said: “SVA is honoured to join the dedicated team of housing experts at RCD to enhance the vibrancy of Oakland’s MacArthur BART community and alleviate the rent burden for individuals and families in this region.”

RCD director of real estate development Carolyn Bookhart added: “We at RCD are thrilled to begin construction in early 2024 on our newest affordable housing community in Oakland, Longfellow Corner.”

The project will feature 77 affordable homes spread over a six-storey, metal-frame structure, and a single level of parking.

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Amenities to be provided at the property include a community room, leasing offices, and ground-floor retail space.

The homes will be available for individuals and families who earn 20%-50% of the median income in the area.

Supportive services will also be provided for residents who were previously homeless.

The project is situated in Oakland at the north-west corner of Martin Luther King Jr Way and W MacArthur Blvd.

It is within three blocks of the MacArthur BART station, and the I-580 and I-980 motorways.

Funding for the project is being sourced from the City of Oakland, as well as No Place Like Home, California Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities, and the Infill and Infrastructure Grant programmes.

The project has also been funded by the Department of Toxic Substance Control and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.