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The third phase of the Arrowhead Grove neighborhood revitalization in San Bernardino, California, Crestview Terrace is providing 184 mixed-income, sustainable homes for families at a former public housing site.

The development is part of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) housing conversion of Waterman Gardens, which was built in 1943 for military families and had fallen into a state of decline. With the completion of Crestview Terrace, National Community Renaissance and the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino have redeveloped all 242 units at the former public housing complex and added another 79 units for residents.

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Crestview Terrace includes units for households earning between 30% and 60% of the area median income as well as market rates. Working with multiple community partners, including health care, education, and social service providers, National CORE provides support to residents for educational attainment, economic mobility, and overall well-being.

“This project is not just about bricks and mortar, it’s about community transformation,” says Greg Bradbard, senior vice president for social impact at National CORE and president of Hope Through Housing Foundation, which provides on-site programming and services.

The $77 million development utilized a complex capital stack, including 4% tax credits with bonds, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s RAD and HOME financing, and funding from the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program.

As a carbon-neutral and all-electric community, Crestview Terrace has on-site photovoltaic solar panels to offset one-third of the site’s total energy. As part of the AHSC grant, National CORE was able to purchase bicycles for households that wanted them in addition to providing free bus passes. The grant also benefited the community through infrastructure improvements such as a new bus shelters, benches, crosswalks, and traffic signals.