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Applications open today for housing

Online applying start today for a chance to rent one of the 48 units at Cottage Village being built to house low-income seniors.

The application period opens at 8 a.m. today and closes on Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. or when 500 applications have been received for the wait-list. If it is anything like the last time a subsidized housing complex opened applications for the first time — the 150-unit Juniper complex on Atherton Drive that offers workforce housing — the wait list will fill up in a week.

By law, the apartments are open to anyone who qualifies meaning they are not exclusively available to Manteca residents.

The San Joaquin Housing Authority is accepting applications only online and from those 62 and older with email addresses. They also must meet eligibility requirements that are based on the renter being low income. The online application and instructions can be accessed at  For questions regarding the Cottage Village waitlist call (209) 460-4585 or email 

Cottage Village will have 13 single story buildings designed as duplexes and four-plexes housing 48 living units as well as a community center along with a community garden. The majority of the units would have one-bedroom and one-bathroom units while some will be two-bedroom, one bathroom unit. The complex will have solar panels for electricity and solar panels for hit water. The complex would have carports for tenants.

 It is now under construction at 510 Cottage Avenue on the southeast quadrant of the Cottage Avenue overcrossing off Highway 99. The complex has one entrance that roughly aligns with Alameda Street.

They would be rented to seniors whose income is between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income of $63,600. Those that qualify for the subsidized rents will be charged a monthly rate charge based on a sliding scale of income. .

 The city has invested $2,630,000 in residual redevelopment bond sale proceeds into the complex that were part of the mandatory 20 percent set aside for affordable housing that was required under state law. Manteca also added $450,000 in pass through housing funds the city obtained the federal government to help pay for the $14 million plus project.

The other low-income senior complexes the City of Manteca helped make possible through the now defunct Manteca RDA are the Magnolia Court apartments in the 700 block of North Grant Avenue and Almond Terrace on North Union Road at Lathrop Road.

The city also provided financing to rehab and turn the Union Court Apartments at Wawona Street into low-income subsidized units as well as to build workforce housing in the form of Juniper Apartments on Atherton Drive. Workforce housing allows for a higher income that reflects medium earnings in the greater Manteca area.

Eskaton Senior Manor on Eastwood Avenue in north Manteca just south of Northgate Drive also is a subsidized low-income senior complex. The city, however, had no direct financial involvement in getting that complex build.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email