Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
“The other apartment was so small. Here we feel better. We are much more at ease. Now everything is different.” — Roberto Rodriguez, retired farmworker
Year Completed/Renovated: 2022 for final phase
Number of Units: 253
Residents: Family, farmworkers
Project Cost: $90 million
Architect: Y&M Architects
General Contractor: Sun Country Builders
Financial Partners: Phase I: U.S. Bank, N.A., U.S. Bank CDC, USDA-RD 514, USDA-RD 521, HCD-Multifamily Housing Program, HCD- Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant, County of Riverside, Federal Home Loan Bank, CDLAC, and TCAC. Phase II:Wells Fargo Bank, USDA-RD 514, USDA-RD 521, County of Riverside, Federal Home Loan Bank, CDLAC, and TCAC. Phase III:Wells Fargo Bank, USDA-RD 514, USDA-RD 521, HCD- Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant, County of Riverside, CDLAC, and TCAC.
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s Villa Hermosa Apartments replace 253 units of dilapidated farmworker housing in Indio, in the agriculture-rich Coachella Valley. The architecture beautifully acclimates to the desert environment, proudly serving farmworker families.
Originally built in the 1930s, the property called Fred Young Farm Labor Center was originally designed to temporarily house single migrant farmworkers. Those one-room wooden shacks were replaced in the 1960s with cinderblock boxes offering no heat or air conditioning. Those buildings were still occupied when CVHC took over the property in 2007 and began a plan for reconstructing the homes.
All residents were offered the opportunity to move into the beautiful new 1, 2,3, and 4-bedroom apartments. The properties offer important amenities onsite, including pools, community gardens, and playgrounds, plus daily kids club programs during the week.