Rosa Rodriguez was a longtime affordable housing advocate . . . 

Rosa Elia Rodríguez had been an active advocate of affordable housing in St. Helena. She recalls attending long City Council meetings about 10 years ago during early discussions of a possible self-help housing project.

“(Our Town St. Helena’s) Mary Stephenson told me, ‘Please do not get too excited about it yet because even if you attend every meeting, people will not be guaranteed a spot,” Rosa Elia said.

Our Town Brenkle Court project on McCorkle Avenue is linked to the U.S Department of Agriculture Rural Development Mutual Self-Help Home Ownership Project, which provides low-interest mortgages to the eight families participating at this location. Families provide the bulk of the construction and their labor as part of the program. Read more


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