SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Affirmed Housing is pleased to announce that it will break ground this morning on Zephyr, an affordable housing project for veterans. The adaptive reuse project, located at 4370 Alvarado Canyon Road in the Grantville community of San Diego, will transform an existing Motel 6 into a modern and rejuvenated apartment community for 84 extremely low income and homeless veterans. The Permanent Supportive Housing project responds to two important initiatives of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and the City of San Diego Mayor’s Office: Housing First – SDHC’s Homelessness Action Plan, and Housing Our Heroes – The 1000 Homeless Veterans Initiative.
The rehabilitation of the existing motel will include reconfiguring room layouts to create 84 studio apartments for veterans earning 30–40 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Unit interiors will include all new flooring and wall surfaces, updated bathrooms redesigned for accessibility and water efficiency, and newly added kitchenettes. The project will also have upgraded mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems; architectural enhancements; elevator and accessibility upgrades; and new, water-wise landscaping. Common area amenities will include a full kitchen, TV lounge, computer room, and multi-purpose gathering and meeting rooms. The transit-oriented development will provide comprehensive on-site social services and case management services for its residents, and easy access to additional veteran services at the local VA Clinic just four trolley stops away.
Zephyr is funded by the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP) from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for $6.4 million, and SDHC for $3 million and 84 project-based vouchers. The remainder of the project funding will come from federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing, states, “Zephyr will transform a tired motel with high-frequency, transient clientele into an attractive, permanent home with ample amenities and a separate service center offering onsite services for our veterans. The impact of this project on the neighborhood and the environment will be exceptionally positive.”
Headquartered in San Diego, Affirmed Housing is dedicated to improving and sustaining the viability of California through the development of affordable housing. The company aims at enhancing communities and our environment by building professionally-managed, high-quality, green, multifamily housing. For more information, visit www.affirmedhousing.com.
Contact: Beth Binger
SOURCE Affirmed Housing