Celebrating 40 Years

Join USA Properties Fund, Inc. as we look back on 4 decades of creating outstanding communities, and towards the future as we continue to provide affordable housing in California and other Western states.

We were founded in 1981 by entrepreneurial businessman J.B. Brown—his fourth startup in 12 years. Watch the video below to learn more about how we continue to embrace his commitment and mission of building affordable housing and creating outstanding communities for families and seniors.

Our company began as a partnership with a savings and loan in Ohio, and in the beginning we built and sold both single-family homes and multifamily housing. In 1989, we took over a project to build affordable housing in Desert Hot Springs, CA. With this project, our focus shifted, and we became a developer focused on creating quality affordable housing that would be indistinguishable from conventional multifamily housing.

Vintage Oaks Senior Apartments exterior and pool area
Exterior of Vintage Oaks in Citrus Heights, CA. Our first senior affordable housing community. Built in 1994, the community was renovated in 2010.
Young resident smiling, hugging mother
USA residents, recipients of a J.B. Brown Fund youth sports scholarship.

As we continued to expand our portfolio, working to change the stigma associated with affordable housing through quality design, we realized we had an opportunity to positively impact the lives of those within our communities. We brought in social services, like after-school programs and support for seniors, often provided by LifeSTEPS. In 2011, in partnership with LifeSTEPS, we founded the J.B. Brown Fund, offering residents at our affordable communities an opportunity for a college scholarship. This quickly expanded to offer scholarships for youth sports, and emergency financial assistance (and education!) for families and seniors.

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, USA Properties currently provides 12,500 apartment homes in California and Nevada. Through the J.B. Brown Fund, we’ve helped over 900 households, providing more than $1.2 million in scholarships and financial assistance grants.

Looking to the future, our goal of creating outstanding communities, and using housing as a conduit to address other challenges, remains at the forefront. To that end, we’ve collaborate with LifeSTEPS on their award-winning RN Coaching Pilot Program, which provides seniors access to free healthcare in their apartment communities. We continue to seek out opportunities to participate in transit-oriented development, adding the housing component to emerging and redeveloping neighborhoods. And, we recently started our first-ever modular housing project, as we look for ways to continue to build efficiently and sustainably.

Virgina Street Studios in San Jose, CA, being assembled by crane.
Modular construction can accelerate building time while helping to control costs.

What our residents say

“Excellent Service”

More property’s should be like Rancho Carrillo apartments. This great group of people had a short time and was able to get my home ready for me and done it with grace.

Cynthia, Rancho Carrillo

“Love the flexibility”

This place is absolutely gorgeous away from all the traffic in the drama manager Miss Christina doll and her assistant are awesome the maintenance team keeps everything up it’s a great job good place to raise a family

Damon, Villa Cortina

“Great place to live”

Great place to live and best office people you can have . Staff from office to grounds people have been spectacular with courteousness and treats everyone with manners everyone should get. 5 stars in every category.

Sherry, Vintage Desert Rose Senior Apartments


Homes Developed


Current Communities


Communities Under Construction

4.2 stars

Rating based on 2020 online reviews

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