BRIDGE Housing Corporation is the largest nonprofit developer and manager of affordable housing in California. Our mission is to produce large volumes of high-quality homes for families of very low, low and moderate incomes. BRIDGE specializes in the development of family and senior affordable apartments, rental and ownership housing, and an array of revitalization, transit-oriented, urban-infill, and mixed-use/mixed-income developments. BRIDGE has become the leading affordable housing developer in California with over 13,000 homes and counting.
- Mixed-Use Developments - to revitalize communities. Housing is essential to communities, but so are jobs, retail activity, services, and neighborhood facilities. BRIDGE works with public and private partners to create ambitious mixed-use developments combining all these elements for community revitalization.
- Mixed-Income Developments - to target a range of affordability. Many BRIDGE projects are designed to be affordable to a wide spectrum of income groups by allocating units at moderate, market-rate rents. This allows BRIDGE to make other units affordable for low-income families and still have an economically viable project.
- Responsive Design - to fit the neighborhood context. Obtaining approval for housing developments is not an easy task. BRIDGE creates affordable new apartments and homes that are not only approved but applauded by the communities they are in by making new housing a resource that both fits and serves the community.
- Infill Development - to practice smart growth. A great challenge in development is to meet the demand for housing without creating more sprawl and traffic congestion. BRIDGE has proved that it can be done by making efficient use of land in existing communities while building housing near public transit, jobs, and services.
BRIDGE Housing's affordable homes target hard-working individuals/families and seniors in California earning very low to moderate incomes. More than 75% of our work is targeted to people earning 80% or less of the median income, and most of those at less than 60% of the median. The balance is for moderate income wage earners. Over 89% of BRIDGE residents have a high school degree or beyond, with 32% of those individuals having a college or advanced degree.
Residents living in BRIDGE properties represent a diverse group of citizens, a cross-section of California's diversity. They include:
BRIDGE has built over 13,000 affordable homes for more than 35,000 Californians, helped one-fourth of their residents advance to homeownership, has provided more than 400,000 square feet of commercial space, providing hundreds of construction and permanent jobs for local residents, launched a number of innovative financing strategies, and has extended their impact area to reach beyond the Bay Area to Southern California.
While working full-time and attending Cal State San Marcos, Kirsten and her husband, Chris, spent two years on BRIDGE’s waiting list before an affordable two-bedroom apartment became available at Villa Loma Apartments. After living in Villa Loma for two and a half years, the Cummings saved enough for a down payment on their first home. “Living in Villa Loma gave us this opportunity. There is just no other way we could have made it happen.” Full Story