Low-Income Apartments Full – Still Taking Applications

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

February 1, 2024

Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo [HASLO] Construction Director, Mike Burke overlooks the interior courtyard of the Rockview at Sunset Apartments in Morro Bay during a tour back in July 2023. Photo by Neil Farrell

All units of a brand new, low-income apartment complex in Morro Bay are filled, applicants are encouraged to get on the waitlist.

The City of Morro Bay issued a news release last week concerning the Rockview at Sunset Apartment complex on Atascadero Road, which was recently completed by the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.

At 35 units, it’s the biggest apartment complex built in Morro Bay in decades and sports a mix of one, two and 3-bedroom units, all priced according to gross family income. 

Essentially, HASLO can charge no more than 30-percent of an area’s median income and also, it depends on the size of the family, so the larger a family the more lee-way given.

For example, according to HASLO’s website, a 1-bedroom apartment is listed at between $651 and $1,303 a month. A 2-bedroom is $782-$1,654 a month, and a 3-bedroom is $903-$1,806 a month. 

There are a total of nine 3-bedroom units, nine 2-bedroom and 17, 1-bedroom apartments in the complex. There were also five, HUD Housing Vouchers available with the units, which if one qualifies could lower monthly rents even further. Such vouchers must be applied and qualified for every year.

The website doesn’t say how many of each size apartment or how many vouchers are still available.

Last July, in an article in Estero Bay News, we reported that they had begun to take applications, and they already had nearly 200. But things haven’t worked out too smoothly. The opening was delayed by unforeseen circumstances.

HASLO Director, Scott Collins, the former Morro Bay City Manager, said they were met with delays. “The switchgear [for the electrical system] for the property was delayed [as it has been on projects across the state and nation — supply chain challenges] and we needed to have PG&E power the facility.”

He added that the utility company recently finished that work and they are “targeting occupancy beginning at the end of January into February.”

The new apartment complex is the first in Morro Bay for HASLO, which has over 500 units spread over several existing complexes throughout the county and numerous others in varying stages of construction. 

But few if any of those other complexes has what Rockview at Sunset has to offer. 

“Located at 405 Atascadero Rd., at the intersection of Atascadero Road and Sunset Avenue in Morro Bay,” reads the website description. “It is conveniently located minutes from shopping, schools, parks, the Embarcadero, Highway 101 and Highway 41, and the beach.” 

It is in fact about five blocks from Morro Strand State Beach, a straight walk down Atascadero Road. But you’ll have to go to SLO if you want an apartment.

According to HASLO’s website, “The leasing office is NOT located onsite at this point in time, but is being managed out of the HASLO corporate offices.” 

Technically the property is still an active construction site and the public is not allowed on the property. 

If readers have questions, call the designated leasing agent, Regina Barbo at (805) 431-1942. More information on Rockview apartments is available on HASLO’s website, see: www.rockviewmorrobay.com.

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