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Friday, Feb 08 2013 06:00 PM

Chavez Foundation debuts new senior complex

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Maria Hernandez and her son Aiden Supia braved the cold weather Friday afternoon in Bakersfield to attend the grand opening of a new three-story, 49-unit state-of-the-art housing community for low- and very low-income seniors on East California Avenue. It's the latest affordable housing project built and managed by the Cesar Chavez Foundation and named Casa de Eva for Eva Camacho, a longtime political and community activist with close ties to the Cesar Chavez farm worker movement. She died last year.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Mariachi San Marcos of Bakersfield, including Manuel Laris, right, plays during the grand opening of a low-income senior housing on E. California Avenue. It was built and managed by the Cesar Chavez Foundation and named Casa de Eva for Eva Camacho.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Many came out Friday to be a part of the grand opening of a new senior housing project on East California Avenue Friday. The new 49-unit, state-of-the-art housing community was built and will be managed by the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul Chavez, Cesar's son, speaks to the crowd during the housing project grand opening.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    El Popular newspaper owner Raul Camacho gets some photos during the grand opening Friday on East California Avenue of a new low-income senior housing project built and managed by the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    One of the speakers during the Cesar Chavez Foundation's new housing community grand opening Friday was Marcos Camacho, a Bakersfield attorney and husband of the late Eva Camacho. The housing project is named Casa de Eva for Eva Camacho, a longtime political and community activist with close ties to the Cesar Chavez farm worker movement.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Many braved the cold afternoon in Bakersfield during the Cesar Chavez Foundation's grand opening of its latest affordable housing project on East California Avenue.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez came out to the housing project grand opening Friday and gave a speech also.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A feature-filled affordable housing complex built and run by the Cesar Chavez Foundation was unveiled to the public Friday.

The three-story, 49-unit complex on East California Avenue is for low- and very low-income seniors. It's named Casa de Eva for Eva Camacho, a community and political activist who worked for a time with Cesar Chavez in the United Farm Workers union and died of cancer last year at age 43.

The h6ousing complex sits on 2 acres adjacent to a 150-unit multi-family apartment complex also built and managed by the Chavez Foundation.

It features 48 one-bedroom units and a two-bedroom one for management staff. The units have kitchens and central heat and air and technology for calling emergency services.

There are open spaces including for a library, lounge and exercise room. And as at other Chavez senior communities, there will be classes, events, clubs, trips and other activities offered there.

Casa de Eva is one of more than 30 affordable housing communities totaling more than 4,300 units in four states constructed or renovated -- and managed by -- the Chavez Foundation, it said.

There's already a waiting list of people wanting to apply to move into the Casa de Eva complex, which will ask people to pay no more than 30 percent of their income. People who want to inquire about applying for a unit can call 864-1108.

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