AMCAL Press Release

Vista Del Rio in Santa Ana to Provide First New Special Needs Housing in Orange County

(February 2014)

AMCAL, Foundation for Affordable Housing & A Community of Friends will Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting on February 24th at 2:45pm
SANTA ANA, Calif. February 18, 2014

AMCAL Multi-Housing, one of California’s leading builders of workforce and affordable housing, along with A Community of Friends (ACOF) and Foundation for Affordable Housing, has announced the successful full occupancy of the groundbreaking special needs community of Vista Del Rio in Santa Ana. The development of Vista Del Rio serves as a collaboration to further expand affordable housing in communities that are underserved.

The new community includes 41-units, both one and two bedroom, that will provide high quality affordable housing for persons with physical and developmental disabilities and includes on-site complimentary services and modern amenities.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with A Community of Friends and the Foundation for Affordable Housing to design housing and provide services that will contribute great support and positively impact the lives of our tenants with disabilities,” said Percival Vaz, CEO of AMCAL Multi-Housing.

Complimentary social services will be provided for tenants by A Community of Friends and will include programs designed to increase or maintain the independence of tenants with disabilities, such as independent/support living training and vocational services.

“A Community of Friends is excited to expand our housing expertise to Vista Del Rio, a new housing development focused on adults with developmental disabilities. We believe an affordable home is essential to allow people with special needs to not only build healthy, independent lives but to thrive,” said Dora Leong Gallo, Chief Executive Officer of A Community of Friends.

To provide the most convenient living environment for tenants, many areas of Vista Del Rio are handicap accessible. Amenities include a large community room with a kitchen, classrooms, courtyard with fountain and meditation garden. Vista Del Rio is also located adjacent to an attractive golf course, bicycle trails, an OCTA bus line, park, UCI Medical Center, an open air shopping mall, and a grocery market to serve the needs of tenants.

Construction is two levels of Type V with 52 spaces of surface parking. The design, completed by architects KTGY Group, is traditional Craftsman, to compliment the surrounding area in this historic section of Santa Ana.

“This represents a seven-year labor of love that is finally moving from dream to reality. We are tremendously excited to take this next step, and we are grateful for all of those who so generously participated in giving Vista Del Rio life, said Deborrah Willard, President of the Foundation for Affordable Housing. “It will be a blessing to its neighborhood and to the future residents who will call it home.”

The ribbon cutting will take place February 24th at 2:45pm. Vista del Rio is located at 1600 W. Memory Lane, Santa Ana CA

An allocation of $6.4 million in 9% low-income housing tax credits was awarded in 2011. The city funded $5 million via Redevelopment Agency and HOME funds. Vista Del Rio was built to exceed Title 24 energy standards and to LEED Silver certified standards.

Vista Del Rio is AMCAL’s third development in Orange County. The Royale family apartments opened in Westminster in 2009, and Avenida Villas opened earlier this year in unincorporated Anaheim. Alegre, a new affordable family apartment development in Irvine will begin construction this year in partnership with the Irvine Community Land Trust.

About AMCAL Multi Housing, Inc.
Based in Agoura Hills, CA, AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc. has developed quality housing throughout California since 1978. Nationally recognized for its expertise in the workforce housing, including family and senior apartments, AMCAL has received honors from leading magazines and associations including Multifamily Executive for Editors’ Choice and Project of the Year – Best Mixed-Income, as well as NAHB for Innovation in Workforce Housing and the Kennedy Commission for 2013 Project of the Year- Special Needs. In a major new initiative, AMCAL has begun providing housing solutions for leading market-rate developers to fulfill local inclusionary housing requirements. The value of AMCAL developments currently under construction exceeds $136 million. Since 2003, AMCAL has been awarded over $392 million in low-income housing tax credits. Since 1995, AMCAL and AMCAL General Contractors have built 46 workforce housing developments, representing over 4000 units. As a third party general contractor, AMCAL General Contractors can provide developers with the resources and leadership they need to build homes on time and within budget. Additionally, AMCAL is currently looking for new land for affordable multi-family developments of 40+ units. For land acquisition information, please contact Mark Morgan ( or 818-706-0694 x176). For more information on AMCAL, please visit their social media pages at, and the corporate website

ABOUT A COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS – A Community of Friends (ACOF) is a regional nonprofit affordable housing developer whose mission is to end homelessness for people living with mental illness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing. Since 1988, ACOF has completed over 1,300 units in 35 buildings in Los Angeles and Orange counties, with six other projects currently in construction. ACOF’s goal is to create a stable housing environment where persons with special needs can build independent lives. For more information, please visit our website at

ABOUT FOUNDATION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING – Since its formation in 1988, the mission of Foundation for Affordable Housing has been to create safe, comfortable, high-quality, affordable homes for very-low-to moderate-income people. By using creativity, flexibility, and perseverance, the Foundation has developed more than 10,000 units of affordable housing in over 100 rental communities located in California, Colorado, Texas, and North Carolina.

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