Steven Utz
Crawford County Coalition on Housing Needs, Inc.


“As a Rose Architectural Fellow, I have been introduced to the non-profit housing development market in a way that could not have happened through private practice. My employment with CCCHN has allowed me to meet the challenges of good design limited by tight funds.”
The City of Meadville has a population of only 13,500; more than 300 of these residents are on a waiting list for apartments. A housing stock with an average age of 70 years and limited financial resources add to the pressure. To address the problem, Steven Utz has used his fellowship work with Crawford County Coalition on Housing Needs, Inc. (CCCHN) to design new, single-bedroom apartments and rehabilitate single-family homes.
“I have also been able to educate the staff, board of directors and local governments about the design process and financial challenges of housing rehabilitation in these neighborhoods,” explains Steven. Meadville certainly appreciates his efforts and has inducted Steven into its Planning and Zoning Commission. In turn, he has given design assistance for construction documents on the downtown Market Alley renovation project, and has helped create an updated comprehensive plan for the city’s business district.
Steven also credits his fellowship work with broadening the capacity of CCCHN. His host now can provide better visualization tools through photo renderings and 3-D modeling, mapping and analysis of neighborhoods.
In addition to a Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of the Arts, Steven has an associate’s degree in computer aided drafting and a certificate in building construction drafting, both from Sierra Community College in Rocklin, Calif.

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