Local News Matters weekly newsletter
Start your week with a little inspiration. Sign up for our informative, community-based newsletter, delivered on Mondays with news about the Bay Area.
A newly funded housing complex in Morgan Hill will include units specially dedicated to farmworkers, the city announced.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors originally signed off on a $13.2 million proposal for the site on June 28.
The Magnolias will be a 1.26-acre, multi-family rental community at 17965 Monterey Road. The 66-unit complex will consist of 16 studios, 16 one-bedroom apartments, 17 two-bedroom apartments and 17 three-bedroom apartments.
Morgan Hill has a 1 percent apartment vacancy rate, according to city officials, and rents are not affordable for everyone. The Magnolias will provide housing options to households earning 30 to 60 percent of the area’s median income, which for a family of four in Morgan Hill is $168,500.
In addition to farmworkers, The Magnolias will provide housing for previously unhoused people and families.
Amenities include open lounge and seating areas, a laundry facility, indoor and outdoor play spaces, secure bicycle storage, a pet wash station, a community garden, electric vehicle charging stations and transit passes for each household.
“The creation of farmworker housing is long overdue,” said Rebecca Garcia, city housing director. “Farmworkers struggle disproportionally with housing insecurity, leading them to sleep in their vehicles, illegally converted garages, and living doubled-up in substandard conditions. Farmworkers are an essential part of the workforce in sustaining food supply and agricultural success in South County.”
Funding for the project comes from Measure A, an affordable housing bond that was passed by voters in 2016.
The agriculture industry in Santa Clara County employs over 8,000 residents and contributes $830 million annually to the economy, according to the city.