Villa Hermosa Apartments is developed by Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC).
“Our other apartment was so small. Here we feel better. We are much more at ease, now everything is different.” Roberto Rodriguez, Retired Farmworker.
Built in the 1930s, the Fred Young Farm Labor Center in Indio, CA, was originally designed to temporarily house single migrant farmworkers. At the time, the complex had one-room wooden shacks. Eventually, families began to move into the units.
In the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) tore down the wooden shacks and replaced them with the existing 253 cinder-block units. CVHC took over the complex in 2007 with the mission of improving the housing conditions for the existing and future families. The vision was for a brand new integrated master plan community with improved open space, community gardens and recreational amenities. MSA Consulting Inc was proud to be a part of the team and provided entitlement and CEQA support, survey services, utility coordination, prelim engineering and final design for the multi-faceted process.
In 2014 CVHC completed the 85-unit first phase of replacement housing, named Villa Hermosa Apartments. This 100% farmworker development is designed for seniors and large families with units from 1bedroom to 4 bedrooms. The spacious community building hosts an after-school program, computer literacy classes, STEM Technology Program, Summer Tennis Camp, and other enrichment programs.