Eric Paine and Kyle Paine Eric Paine and Kyle Paine say you can repurpose blighted buildings to provide high-quality, safe, affordable housing with life enhancing amenities.

SANTA ANA, CA—Creative thinking and smart partnering are helping Community Development Partners convert a blighted, two-story, 77-unit motel here into permanent housing for chronically homeless and mentally ill people living in Santa Anta’s Civic Center, president Kyle Paine and CEO Eric Paine tell The Orchard (formerly known as Guest House), the firm’s most recent and current development, is a permanent supportive-housing project exclusively for 71 individuals and families that meet these criteria. The $18-million project, located at 2151 E. 1st St., which unites a diverse group of organizations and service providers, is the City of Santa Ana’s largest single investment in housing that addresses the homeless crisis facing much of Orange County.

The rehabilitated development, which will feature 72 units (including one manager’s unit), consists of 58 studio and 14 one-bedroom units dispersed throughout five two-story buildings. Upgrades include all-new unit interiors, on-site resident services and property-management offices, an outdoor courtyard, a laundry room, resident computers for Internet access and printing, a large outdoor community garden and learning cente and a guava and orange orchard. Additionally, the current leasing office and one unit from the former motel are being transformed into a 1,200 square-foot commercial kitchen and dining room, which will be operated by a non-profit that will provide meals for residents at little or no cost and create onsite job training opportunities.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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