The Housing Department oversees the City’s affordable housing programs and the Palm Desert Housing Authority (PDHA). The PDHA was established as a separate legal entity in December 1997 by the Palm Desert City Council to operate rental properties that were acquired from Riverside County Housing Authority (RCHA) by the Palm Desert Redevelopment Agency (Agency). The City Council members were appointed as the PDHA Board.
The PDHA now operates over 1,000 affordable rental units. The income levels range from very low (20% of the County median) to moderate (up to 120% of the County median). With the elimination of redevelopment agencies across the state, the PDHA took over ownership of the former Agency’s properties and continues to operate them as affordable housing.
In addition to the affordable units owned and operated by the PDHA, the City has provided incentives in various forms, such as land donations, down payment assistance deferred loans, density bonuses and loans to developers that dedicate units as affordable. Currently there are over 600 units provided by developers or non-profit organizations by one of these methods.
The Housing Department also coordinates a Home Improvement Program for emergency situations in the form of emergency grants. Households that own their home and qualify as low income may contact the housing department for more information.
With a blend of single family homes for sale, senior rental units, and multi-family rental units, Palm Desert continues to be a leader among the desert communities in the development of affordable housing.
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