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LINC’s History
California’s population reached 36.5 million in 2007 and is expected to climb to 49 million by the year 2025. Even with the ups and downs of our economy, California continues to be the land of opportunity for immigrants, techies, entertainers, engineers, farmers and their families…and they all need housing.

Visionaries in government and business realized that with the escalating price of land, certain segments of the population would be left behind with no hope to own or even rent a place to live: retired teachers and service sector personnel, and young working families in both California’s urban and rural economies. In 1984, the Southern California Association of Governments formed a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization they named the Corporate Fund for Housing (CFH), and selected a board of directors comprised of government and business leaders that would see the way toward securing affordable homes for these vital members of our growing economy.

Building on the experience and relationships gained in these early developments, CFH formed a new entity, LINC Housing, with an expanded mission, staff, and service area. LINC is an acronym for Limited Income Communities. LINC creates and preserves housing with careful attention paid to quality design, environmental sustainability and life-enhancing resident services. We have developed a wide variety of affordable homes through new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of at-risk housing, historic preservation, and purchase of manufactured home parks. Each is unique to its neighborhood and the residents who call it home. To date, LINC has helped create over 8,000 affordable homes in 79 communities throughout California.

Also contributing to healthy communities, LINC continues to be a leader in green affordable housing and we are on the forefront of solving retrofit challenges. This includes proper selection of green technologies for new and existing properties, financing with existing tax credit and utility allowance restrictions, as well as measurement and verification. Our work includes eight LEED-certified buildings as well as sustainable retrofits implemented at 21 LINC properties. In 2017, LINC was honored with the fourth annual Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability from the Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood.

As we enter our 35th year of service to California communities, we are grateful for the support of the many people and businesses that partner with us to make it possible. Our board and staff are energized with new vision for design and finance. We will continue to break new ground in ways to serve our California communities through housing.

View our map with the complete listing of LINC communities.