San Diego – Father Joe’s Villages has finished construction of a 12 story 65 unit affordable housing project at 1506 Commercial Street. 49 of the units are reserved for homeless, or persons at risk of being homeless with special needs such as mental illness or HIV/AIDS. 25 of these 49 units will be set aside for people with mental illness as part of a supportive housing initiative by the San Diego County Mental Health Services Administration (MHSA). The first four floors of the building are set aside for therapeutic childcare and other programs for children, the middle four floors are for transitional housing for 150 men in semi-private units, and the top four floors are for 64 furnished studio apartments with supportive services. The building also has storage lockers, a computer area, exercise facilities, and a rooftop deck/event space.
Overall, the cost of the development was $58, 724, 628, with $2,357,000 coming from MHSA. Architects for the project were AVRP and Joseph Wong and the Developer was St. Vincent de Paul.
Photos by Bill Adams.