Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Affordable Homes Done, Thanks to Housing Trust.(Journal North)

Byline: John Arnold Of the Journal

Joella Coca couldn't contain her excitement when she heard the news earlier this year -- she would soon have a place to call her own.

"I yelled," she recalled Friday. "I just screamed and yelled, because I never thought I'd get close to buying a home here in Santa Fe."

Coca, who works in the state Attorney General's Office, moved into her new three-bedroom home on Santa Fe's south side May 12. She's one of 17 new owners celebrating the completion of Arroyo Chico, a 17-home affordable housing development in the Tierra Contenta community off Airport Road.

Arroyo Chico was developed by the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust, a nonprofit organization formed 11 years ago to build and help finance new homes for low-income and working-class residents. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.