Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 05/27/2010 06:15:57 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – City leaders this week joined developers of a Foothill Boulevard affordable housing project to celebrate the completion of 166 apartment units geared for low-income families.

Last fall, residents began moving in to the two- and three-bedroom apartments at Villaggio on Route 66.

The development – a joint venture by National Community Renaissance, Workforce Homebuilders LLC and the city Redevelopment Agency – became fully leased in February.

The project is among 1,900 such units offered in the city.

Located on Foothill east of Hermosa Avenue, Villaggio offers 80 percent of its units to people who earn less than the area’s median income, which is $64,500 for a family of four. Twenty percent of the apartments are set aside at market rate.

Rent ranges from $438 to $916 for low-income residents; $1,150 to $1,500 for market rate.

Cynthia Davis, who lives in one of the two-bedroom apartments with her 11-year-old son, considers the low rate a blessing.

Davis was once homeless, moving around from motels and the Salvation Army before she found her current home last September.

“Having somewhere where we can call home is the greatest gift,” she said.

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