New Communities in Development
The Moreland I & II
Affordable Housing | Mid 2023
The Moreland I & II will be the first mixed-use and mixed-income community created by Native American Connections to address the affordable housing needs of central Phoenix. Located at 1125 N 3rd St., the new community will consist of approximately 237 new apartment units, community and commercial space. Co-developed with the City of Phoenix, the property is expected to opening in mid-2023.
Check out our recent release about the project:
Native American Connections (NAC) announced today that it will begin development on The Moreland, a 237-unit affordable housing community in downtown Phoenix. The project is supported by low-income housing tax credits from the Arizona Department of Housing, in partnership with the City of Phoenix.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) 2021 gap analysis indicates that, in Arizona, just 26 affordable housing units exist for every 100 low-income renters. These estimates mean that approximately 180,000 affordable housing units are needed to meet low-income housing demand, but according to the Arizona Housing Coalition, at this time, just 3,000 units are in development in metro Phoenix. When it is completed in April 2023, The Moreland, located at 1125 N. 3rd St., will offer affordable housing to families and seniors whose average income is just $24,000, and will provide easy access to schools, medical facilities, groceries, and recreational amenities.
“NAC already has nearly 1,000 units in its housing portfolio, and this new development will be based on a similar footprint as our other successful communities,” said Yazzie Devine. “This means that residents will have access to amenities that you’d expect in any state-of-the-art housing complex, including a community room, outdoor barbeque area, fitness center, a secured interior courtyard and safety features throughout.”
According to the city of Phoenix, 42 percent of the Phoenix population lives in a food desert, defined by the USDA as an area with a poverty rate of 20% or greater, where at least 500 people, or 33% of the population, live at least a mile from the closest grocery store. Residents of The Moreland will have easy access to the downtown Fry’s Food Store, while Safeway, Costco, Walmart, and Target are all accessible via the Roosevelt/Central Ave. Valley Metro Light Rail stop, located just a half mile away.
The housing complex is walking distance to Kenilworth Elementary School, and just a half mile away from Burton Barr Public Library. Additionally, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix campus is within one mile and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is within two miles, both of which are surrounded by medical practices of all types.
“Arizona is the fourth worst affordable housing market in the country, with only California, Oregon, and Nevada having fewer units available for low-income renters,” said Diane Yazzie Devine, CEO of Native American Connections. “Native American Connections wants to ensure that people of all income levels can afford to live in downtown Phoenix, with easy access to the educational, nutritional, medical, and recreational resources that ensure a better quality of life for themselves and their families.”
Surprise Homebase Youth Services
Emergency Youth Housing Shelter | Expected date coming soon
Native American Connections is pleased to introduce Surprise HomeBase, a new emergency youth housing shelter community located at 12215 W. Bell Road in Surprise, Arizona. This facility will be the only emergency shelter for homeless youth in the West Valley duplicating similar services currently provided at HomeBase in Central Phoenix. NAC hopes to provide between 40 and 50 beds for homeless youth, ages ranging from 18-26, an adjustment from Phoenix HomeBase based on experiences with and observations of the youth, their needs, and our capacity to serve them. Surprise HomeBase will focus on safe housing / shelter, addressing medical and behavioral needs, improvement of educational record, improvement of employment status, support for the creation of a positive, stable housing plan, and continued support through transitional housing for youth aged 18-26 at Saguaro Ki, on the Central Phoenix campus. Stay tuned for more on this much needed emergency shelter.
Native American Connections’ cultural heritage dictates that we are mindful of the impact our actions have on future generations. To that end, our projects achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification with the following components:
- Incorporating “High-Quality-Transit” (close proximity to public transportation) to encourage use of public transit resulting in lower regional pollution.
- Secure bicycle storage to tenants helping to promote fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
- Infill lot construction allowing for closer access to community resources and using existing infrastructure rather than developing new roads and utilities.
- High density development that reduces the overall footprint of project but also provides a comfortable living experience for the tenants.
- Promotion of water conservation through the use of drought tolerant plants, thus reducing the overall irrigation requirements.
- Highly efficient plumbing fixtures reduce overall water demand. High-efficiency HVAC equipment and the use of non-HCFC refrigerants.
- Energy Star appliances reduce electricity demand.
For more information regarding LEED for Homes, please visit : www.greenhomeguide.com.