Grant joins housing trust fund board

Local architect Leonard J. Grant has joined the board of directors of the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, the organization announced.

Grant is a principal of RRM Design Group and the leader of RRM’s San Luis Obispo architecture group.

A native of San Luis Obispo County, Grant has long been committed to affordable housing. He has designed housing and commercial projects. Moylan Terrace in San Luis Obispo and Pismo Creek Bungalows in Pismo Beach are recent additions to his portfolio of below-market housing.

Grant graduated from Cal Poly’s College of Architecture, has served as president of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has been on the boards of the Home Builders Association, the Arroyo Grande Hospital Foundation and other local organizations.

A nonprofit corporation, the Housing Trust Fund was created to increase the supply of subsidized housing. The fund gives financing and technical assistance to help developers, agencies and local governments build rentals and homes that are below market prices.

The Housing Trust Fund has provided nearly $7 million in short-term financing to assist 218 below-market-price rentals and for-sale homes throughout the county. More than $1.5 million is currently available to finance additional below-market-price housing.

During 2010, nearly 30 percent of all housing starts in the county were in projects assisted by the HTF.