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Various Authors 8:30 a.m., March 24
The San Diego Building Trades Council yesterday announced the recent re-election of its Family Housing Corporation board members for 2012. Tom Lemmon, the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council’s Business Manager, will remain chairman. Peter Zovanyi, representing the Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 36, also returns as president, as do Johnny Simpson, Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 as vice president and Joe Powell, Business Manager of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 206 as Secretary-Treasurer.
The Building Trades Council’s Family Housing Corporation owns and operates the National City Parks Apartments, a 456 unit, 24 acre development in National City. The complex is home to approximately 700 adults and 1,000 children, providing housing for low to moderate income families. Approximately 500 applications for residency are distributed every four years, with high demand for the units creating a significant waiting list.
Residents of the complex have access to programs such as on-site pre-elementary child care and a learning center for school-age children developed in cooperation with Sweetwater Union High School District’s Alternative Education Department.
More innovative, however, is the Youth Build program, open to young adults aged 18-24 without a high school diploma. The program offers youth a change to convert a GED into a traditional diploma, and mixes classroom instruction with job site training preparing students for construction industry careers. The program provides tools, safety equipment, uniforms and work boots, and certifies students in safety, first aid, and CPR. Past program participants have completed community service projects such as constructing a greenhouse and hydroponic tables for Crawford High School’s Garden Club, while current enrollees are renovating the Olivewood Community Center, a 100 year-old structure adjacent to the Parks Apartments.
The units are intended as a stepping stone for residents to save money and build skills on the path to ownership. The Building Trades Council reports that since 1986 an average of 50% of residents leave to become first-time homeowners.
image: National City Parks Apartments