Wednesday, April 25 , 2018, 9:14 am | Overcast 54º


Housing Authority’s Monteria Village Project Named Finalist in HUD Design and Planning Competition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it has selected four student teams from universities across the country as the finalists in the Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition, which seeks to encourage research and innovation in the areas of affordable housing design and planning.

From nation-wide submissions, HUD chose the Monteria Village public housing development in Santa Barbara, owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB), for the design challenge. 

The finalists will visit the Housing Authority and the Santa Barbara project site March 9, 2016, meet residents and hear from local Housing Authority staff, HUD representatives and Mayor Helene Schneider.

HACSB’s Monteria Village is composed of 28 family units, which were built in 1973. The Housing Authority is in the process of rehabilitating and preserving its aging HUD Assisted Public Housing portfolio, long suffering from continual Congressional budget cuts to the HUD funding necessary for their proper upkeep, to promote and ensure their viability for future generations.

The third annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition challenged multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students to consider the complex challenges associated with rehabilitating the current structure or demolishing it and creating new construction.

These student participants needed to consider design, community development and financing elements in order to provide an all-encompassing plan and solution that would allow the housing authority to meet its goal of offering safe and sustainable affordable housing to area families.

Students also needed to understand the needs of intended residents, zoning restrictions and leveraging opportunities.

The competition will culminate April 19, 2016, in a final presentation by the student finalist teams at HUD’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The jury of five academics, practitioners, planners and architects will come to a decision, and the first place team and runner up will receive $20,000 and $10,000 respectively.

Amy Bernstein is a publicist representing the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >