San Diego San Diego’s stock of affordable housing for older residents got an ever-so-slight boost in April with the opening of a 75-apartment complex in North Park and the construction of a 62-apartment complex in Ramona.
To put that in perspective, the California Housing Partnership has estimated that there’s a shortfall of more than 142,000 affordable homes in San Diego County.
Still, the new projects by Chelsea Investment Corp. and Community HousingWorks are but the latest in a round of recent affordable housing projects either planned, finished or under construction, including a $137 million affordable housing complex Chelsea Investment is building in Sudberry Properties’ Civita development in Mission Valley.
Chelsea Investment and the nonprofit Serving Seniors formed a partnership in the construction of the $21.9 million Ramona project for people 55 and older. The apartments are slated to open in spring 2019.
The two-story complex at 430 16th St., will have 50 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments, including one for an on-site manager. The apartments range in size from 560 square feet to 790 square feet.
The Ramona project will be named after Marge and Neal Schmale, whose $500,000 gift to Serving Seniors will help support services offered at the center.
“Marge and Neal believe all seniors deserve a safe place to live,” said Paul Downey, president and CEO of Serving Seniors. “Their generosity will ensure that residents have a safety net of support services to keep them in the building for a long time.”
Apartments in the Schmale Family Senior Residence include central heating and air conditioning, a patio or balcony and appliances. Complex amenities include a community room, computer room, picnic and barbecue area, and a laundry room.
Opened in April, the $27.1 million North Park Seniors complex for low income and homeless seniors 55 and older at 4200 Texas St., is the first in San Diego to provide programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
Regardless of age, orientation, or economic status, “This project says that there is a place for you in this city,” said state Assemblyman Todd Gloria, whose district includes North Park.
“Our vision for San Diego must be one where there is a place for everyone in our city,” Gloria said.
Developed by Community HousingWorks, the five-story building includes 66 one-bedroom apartments, including one for a manager; seven studio apartments and three two-bedroom apartments. Apartments in North Park Seniors range in size from 416 square feet to 775 square feet.
The building also has a community room with computers and kitchens, a laundry room, an open courtyard with fireplaces and a barbecue area.
The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, Inc. provides on-site services, such as case management, mental health services, social activities, fitness classes and educational workshops.