Housing Division

During the 1990’s to the 2000’s, Soledad almost doubled its population through the development of single-family and multi-family housing.  With this development came many benefits to the community of Soledad and Monterey County in providing for opportunities for a growing regional workforce to own or rent affordable housing.

This development allowed Soledad to build a state-of-the-art, STEM-focused high school and three additional neighborhood-centered elementary schools.  An expanded middle school will be completed in 2018.  Additional neighborhood parks, walking trails, greenbelts were added.  A full-service community center was built to compliment the city’s year-round aquatic center.

Following the city’s expansion was the addition of retail shopping centers complimenting our diverse offering of downtown small businesses, banking, and service providers.   Soledad residents and visitors have convenient access to grocery, automotive, fuel, health, dining, and retail services.  A new multiplex cinema is expected to open in 2019.

Soledad is a young and growing community.  As the Community and Economic Development Department looks to the future, it is with the understanding that it will need to remain focused on providing affordable workforce housing and housing for our young residents who will want to live, work and raise their own families in the small town atmosphere of their own upbringing.

Our staff recognizes that not every generation desires or needs single-family housing.  It will be important to continue to diversify our housing stock to include appropriately sized housing for senior citizens and those who wish to live and work in our community while living in a dwelling space that is right-sized for their lifestyle.

There remains a great need in Monterey County for temporary housing, farmworker housing, and market-rate multifamily housing.  Adding these types of housing to our city offerings will enhance the community and provide the most appropriate type of housing for the needs of those who wish to live and work and call Soledad home.

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