Alicia Gaylord

January 20, 2022 / Argus Courier: Petaluma projects to look out for in 2022

Located at 414 Petaluma Blvd. North, this new affordable housing project includes 44 housing units within a 44,432 square foot, four-story building on a 0.68 acre parcel. On-site management offices and resident community space will be located on the ground floor. It also includes 21 on-site vehicular parking spaces with 14 off-site parallel parking spaces along Petaluma Boulevard North and Oak Street.

The units will be targeted as rentals to families earning about 60% or less of the area median income at the time of the project’s completion. Alicia Gaylord, director of housing development at Midpen Housing, said there will also be 13 units reserved for formerly homeless residents, and another 18 units dedicated to local farm workers.

The project has been fully approved and is expected to break ground in April, with completion and move-in expected for September 2023. Rents will range from $494 to $1,550 per month, depending on unit size and the number of people living in each unit.

September 13, 2021 / Shirley Chisholm Village announcement

Posted on MidPen Housing’s LinkedIn:

Excited to announce that our new website for Shirley Chisholm Village is now live! 🙌 And who better than Alicia Gaylord to share the great news and provides an update on the project? (Answer: nobody, obvi! 🤭)

#TeamMidPen has worked tirelessly on this development: San Francisco’s first affordable housing for educators. Right now, we’re at a standstill and need you to ask the House’s Ways and Means Committee to include the #AHCIA #InfrastructureBill so we can start building shovel-ready projects like Shirley Chisholm Village.

Thank you District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar, United Educators of San Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Mayor London Breed & Sunset Youth Services!

Alicia Gaylord: MidPen Housing Shirley Chisholm Village Announcement

June 26, 2021 / San Francisco Chronicle: After 20-year saga, S.F. teachers are closer to a move-in date for affordable housing

To break ground on the project, developer MidPen needs to land more funding. Ali Gaylord, MidPen’s director of North Bay housing development, explained the project is well positioned to secure state funding – which is needed on top of city funding – later this year or in early 2022, allowing SFUSD to start construction in 2022.

“We’re just really excited to be able to develop this property,” she said. “We’ve had great response from the neighbors.”


The district also hopes the Shirley Chisholm Village project will serve as a stepping-stone to homeownership for many educators. MidPen is set to provide homeownership education and counseling to residents in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, according to Jacob Noonan, a senior project manager with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Gaylord explained this education can include economic mobility support, such as financial coaching and credit counseling.

April 14, 2021

Petaluma Know Before You Grow (KBYG) General Plan education series Forum #3, “Housing context”.

Housing and real estate professionals Lizzie Wallack and Ali Gaylord will moderate the evening’s discussion with speakers Aaron Eckhouse, Regional Policy Manager, California YIMBY, and Duncan Young, Sr. Preconstruction Manager / Sr. Project Manager with Wright Contracting.

February 1, 2021 / Petaluma Argus Courier:

Meet the 21 residents who will help shape Petaluma’s General Plan

On February 1st, Ali was chosen to be one of a select few members of the General Plan Advisory Committee.

Petaluma’s City Council cemented critical next steps for its General Plan update process, hiring a consultant and populating a General Plan Advisory Committee with 21 city residents. Council members sifted through 129 applications when selecting the group, judging candidates primarily on their experience and skill base.


Ali Gaylord is the director of housing development at Midpen Housing Corporation, an affordable housing developer. Gaylord, who holds a degree in economics, is also a volunteer board member at Generation Housing, a Sonoma County housing advocacy nonprofit.

Congratulations, Ali!

September 15, 2020

Petaluma City Council 2020 Candidates Debate forum facilitator/moderator.

Alicia Gaylord: Petaluma City Council 2020 Candidates Debate Moderator

Petaluma Community Relations Council is set to host its second 90-minute Candidates Night forum – offering voters the opportunity to hear from the Petaluma City Council candidates.

Candidates running for Petaluma City Council include: Incumbents Mike Healy, Gabe Kearney, and Kathleen Miller; and challengers, Brian Barnacle, Robert Conklin, Susan Kirks, Dennis Pocekay, and Lizzie Wallack.

Great job, Ali!

February 27, 2020 / Talking with Rabbi Ted: Let’s Talk Petaluma

Affordable Housing – a hot topic issue here in Petaluma. But can you define it? […] Ali Gaylord, Regional Director of MidPen Housing, says she can, and offers some number crunching to explain why her Foster City non-profit chose Petaluma, and how she believes MidPen can build 40 much needed rental apartments in the heart of our city.

January 8, 2020 / North Bay Business Journal: Top Real Estate Projects in the North Bay awards for 2019

Alicia Gaylord of MidPen Housing, developer of Celestine Garden Apartments, accepts one of North Bay Business Journal’s Top Real Estate Projects in the North Bay Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa. (Jeff Quackenbush / North Bay Business Journal)

North Bay Business Journal Award

November 20, 2019 / Sustainable Sonoma: Housing Strategy Underway

Sustainable Sonoma is working with an incredible team of housing experts: Cassandra Benjamin, CSB Philanthropic Solutions; Libby Seifel, Seifel Consulting Inc.; Joshua Abrams, Baird + Driskell; Alicia Gaylord, MidPen Housing Corporation; Walter Keiser, Economic & Planning Systems; and Margaret Van Vliet, Trillium Advisors. Each is providing expertise in one or more solution domains: Actions for Government, Community Based Solutions, and Market or Private Sector Approaches.

July 16, 2018 / Sonoma Index-Tribune: Sonoma Splash to sell Paul’s Resort pool site to hotelier, affordable housing developer

Alicia Gaylord, MidPen’s director of housing development for the North Bay, said the nonprofit affordable housing developer was brought into discussions only recently, adding, “We don’t have a purchase agreement yet, we have signed a letter of intent.”

“We’re attempting to get about 80 family units on the site, right now it’s too preliminary to get specific,” said Gaylord. She said that three the parties – representatives from Norman Krug, MidPen and Sonoma Splash – would be meeting on Tuesday to go over site plan issues, and the hope is to have an agreement in short order.

June 27, 2018 / Petaluma Argus Courier: Santa Rosa poised to go solo on affordable housing bond

The new 60-unit complex in Fetters Hots Springs cost $28.5 million, but just $2.5 million in local funds were contributed to the project, the balance coming from state and federal funds, said Alicia Gaylord, director of housing for MidPen Housing Corp., which developed the project.

June 14, 2016 / Mission Housing Development Corporation: Walking Tour Explores Missing Affordable Housing

Alicia Gaylord of BRIDGE Housing presented details about the partnership between BRIDGE Housing and Mission Housing that is building 1950 Mission, a 100-percent affordable housing development.

Missing Housing Walking Tour

Alicia Gaylord and Sameena Sitabkhan pointed out proposed features of the alley running behind 1950 Mission.

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