Alta Vista meets need for safe, affordable housing

By Pat Sunderland


Alta Vista de la Montana opened five years ago, but property manager Nicole Mata believes many people still don't understand how the North Delta property is meeting the need for affordable housing for agricultural workers.

A project of the Community Resources & Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC), the development just off Highway 50 features 40 three- and four-bedroom apartments suitable for families. The complex includes a conference room, laundry room and outdoor play area.

Residents of Alta Vista de la Montana must earn 65 percent of their annual income from agricultural work and must be legal residents of the United States in possession of a social security number. Rents are determined on the household's yearly income and can not exceed 30 percent of yearly pay. As an example, a laborer with a qualifying adjusted annual income of $15,000 would pay monthly rent (including utilities) of just $250.

Still, Mata struggles to keep all the apartments filled with qualified renters. She recently began working with the Delta Housing Authority to identify families that could be moved from DHA's waiting list into open units at Alta Vista. Because of the agricultural requirements, not everyone on the waiting list will qualify for Alta Vista de la Montana, but accommodating even one or two families could help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing in Delta.

"No one should have to spend over $1,000 a month for rent," Mata said. "How can you raise a family?

"We want people to know we're here to help," Mata said. Since being named property manager in May, she has taken steps to ensure the complex is inviting, safe and family friendly. She invites members of the community to learn more at an open house Thursday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by for a look at one of the apartments and learn about a valuable community resource.

The apartments are located at 7108 Highway 50; the office can be reached at 874-6166.