San Diego Community Housing Corp. in partnership with National CORE (Community Renaissance) have started construction of a $27 million affordable housing project in Oceanside.
Greenbrier Village will have 60 apartments – 50 studios, nine one-bedroom apartment and one two-bedroom manager’s apartment, said Ted Miyahara, executive director of San Diego Community Housing Corp.
The studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments will range from 385 square feet to 575 square feet with five of the studio apartments set aside for homeless veterans and three for youths who are transitioning from foster care.
Nine of the one-bedroom apartments will be set aside for households classified as extremely low-income under federal guidelines, which equates to an induvial with an annual income of $27,350, $31,250 for a two-person household, and $39,050 for a four-person household.
“Greenbrier Village is a prime example of the city and the county’s commitment to housing some of the region’s most vulnerable populations,” Miyahara said. “Creating housing units that target very low and extremely low- income households will contribute to a housing stock that’s so desperately needed.”
The 43,000-square-foot Greenbrier Village is being built on a formerly vacant lot on the west side of Greenbrier Drive between Apple Street and Oceanside Boulevard. Miyahara said the site was ideal because it’s near the Crouch Street Sprinter station.
Designed by RMR architects in a Spanish Mediterranean style, the building is three stories tall facing Greenbrier Drive and steps up to four stories to the rear of the building, Miyahara said.
It includes a ground floor community room and kitchen that opens out onto an outdoor courtyard garden which is meant as place to for tenants to gather and meet each other.
The Hope through Housing Foundation is partnering with the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services, Interfaith Community Services, and San Ysidro Health among others to provide support services and case management.
“Housing is just the first step to obtaining stability,” said Michael Ruane, president of National CORE. “The support services that we offer, coupled with high quality homes provide tools for our residents to set a foundation to achieve security. We want to see people thrive and we want to help them do that by ending the poverty cycle and eliminating their risk of homelessness.”
Monthly rents will be $683 for studio apartments and $976 for one-bedroom apartments, but the rents will be offset by $3.5 million in project-based vouchers provided by the City of Oceanside for those who can’t afford them, Miyahara said.
Generally, tenants will pay 30% of their income for rent, Miyahara said.
Funding sources included the county’s No Place Like Home program, Hudson Housing Capital and Chase Bank.
“We’re attempting to provide housing resources for our homeless contingent in the northern part of the county where historically there hasn’t been any of this type up there,” Miyahara said. “We’re at the point where city and county decision makers are recognizing the problem and allocation a lot of their resources to address homelessness across the region.”
Oceanside’s homeless population grew from 408 in 2020 to 514 in 2022, according to the annual Point-in-Time count of people living on the streets and in shelters – a 26% increase.
Overall, the North County homeless population has grown by 22% since 2020, according to the count.
In addition to Greenbrier Village, SDHC is partnering with National CORE on two other North County affordable housing projects –Valley Senior Village in Escondido and Santa Fe Senior Village in Vista.
Valley View Senior Village will have 50 apartments for seniors, 25 of which will be set aside for homeless seniors. Construction is expected to be finished in June.
Santa Fe Senior Village will have 54 apartments, 27 for homeless seniors. Groundbreaking is scheduled for April.
San Diego Community Housing Corp.
Headquarters: Kearny Mesa
President and CEO: Ted Miyahara
Business: Affordable housing developer and owner
Notable: San Diego Community Housing Corp. has provided 1,600 apartments, acquired and rehabilitated 79 single-family homes and condominiums, and served more than 5,000 families in its Family Learning Centers.