Grants for farmworker homes in Stanislaus County

More than $10.3 million in government grants will be spent sprucing up farmworker housing in Stanislaus County.

Private contractors will rehabilitate the 178 residential units, mostly duplexes and town houses. New kitchens, bathrooms, heating and air conditioning systems and exterior paint will be included in the work.

The farmworker housing was built during the late 1960s through the mid-'80s by the Housing Authority of Stanislaus County.

About half of the agency's farmworker housing was refurbished in recent years. The grant money will pay to rehabilitate the rest of the homes.

The housing agency has been awarded $6,567,185 in state money from bonds approved by voters. The U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed $3 million, and $750,000 came from other government sources.

The money will be spent remodeling 91 housing units in Modesto, on Boise and Algen avenues and Hatch Road; 54 units in Ceres, on Glenda Road and Donna, Freda and Linda ways; and 33 units on Chase Street in Patterson.

"We will be bidding these jobs out to contractors," said Bill Fagen, who runs the housing authority. "We're going to break up the work into seven or eight separate bids."

Additional housing grants financed by California bonds were announced Monday:

Ceres -- A $1.26 million grant was awarded to the Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing for its Terrace Phase II neighborhood on Richard Way. The infill project will provide 21 homes, ranging in size from 1,154 to 1,725 square feet. The three- and four-bedroom homes will be sold to low-income, first-time buyers.

Merced -- A $780,000 loan was awarded to Merced for its Silverleaf at Bellevue Ranch project. Homes will be built on 13 lots in that development, then sold to low-income buyers.

Stockton -- A $1.14 million loan was awarded to Habitat for Humanity San Joaquin County for its Little John's Creek project. It will provide 19 single-family homes to be sold to low-income residents.

Stockton -- An $800,000 loan will be made to the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation to buy and rehabilitate an apartment complex at 1320 N. Hunter St. The 10 apartments will be used as transitional housing for homeless people who have HIV/AIDS.

Angels Camp -- A $733,700 loan will go to Environmental Alternatives to buy and rehabilitate a seven-unit apartment building at 612 Stanislaus Ave. The project will provide housing for 14 youths making the transition from foster programs.