The creation of Northtown Housing Development Corporation (NHDC) in 1993 was premised on a vision to revitalize the Northtown community located in the City of Rancho Cucamonga . Twelve years later, NHDC represents a success story of neighborhood activism, community revitalization and a commitment toward creating quality housing and homeownership pride for low-income families.
The Northtown community history dates back to the early 1900's when the area known as Cucamonga was covered with vineyards and orchards where predominantly Latino agricultural families lived and worked in the nearby fields. When the City of Rancho Cucamonga formed the Citizens Housing Task Force to determine the use of Redevelopment Agency Housing Set-Aside funds to provide low-income affordable housing, Nacho Gracia, Executive Director advocated the startup Northtown Housing nonprofit corporation as development entity for Northtown.
To date, NHDC has created a diversified real estate portfolio. To Date NHDC has built 423 affordable rental units. Two award winning affordable residential villages totaling 102 rental units. Villa del Norte, an 88 unit townhouse community, offering three, four and five bedrooms with attached garages. At Villa Del Norte, there is also an on-site child care center, Villa Del Ninos. The other is Las Casitas offering 14 affordable apartment rentals that are one and two bedrooms.
Olen Jones, is a 96 unit Senior housing community consisting of one and two bedroom affordable apartment units, offering social services through our Social Service Coordinator on-site. NHDC has also built 44 new single-family houses and renovated another 15 existing houses. San Sevaine Villas Family Apartments, a 225 unit community, provides 1,2 & 3 bedroom units to the workforce community. A community building provides an after-school program, computer classes, business center, fitness room and swimming pool.
NHDC also offers a multifaceted homeownership program. The first-time homebuyer program provides financial resources to low-income families to seeking to buy their first home. The lease-purchase program allows low-income families to save for a down payment during a two-year lease period prior to purchase. Together, the financing program has helped 57 families realize their dream of homeownership.
Community revitalization is not complete without a Community Center where social services and cultural events take place. A 5,670 square foot community center, offer a myriad of after-school recreation, tutoring and mentoring programs. Adults and Seniors are offered computer and ESL classes.