Nonprofit Community HousingWorks has created the 68-unit North Santa Fe Apartments, a high-density, transit-oriented development for low-income families and transitional-age youths in Vista, Calif.
The development's location, which is adjacent to a Sprinter light-rail station, provides the opportunity for a transit-oriented lifestyle. Residents also can walk to nearby restaurants and businesses.
The development's design and furnishings are inspired by Vista's history. The Santa Fe Railroad began service in the late 1880s, and the Sprinter train now uses the same tracks. To honor that history, train accents can be found throughout the development, including the tot lot in the courtyard.
Community HousingWorks offers services to all residents. Its Learning Communities program serves as a substitute for after-school child care and provides individual tutors and access to computers. The nonprofit also provides a financial fitness program for residents. In addition, North County Lifeline provides services for the transitional-age youths.