City Heights complex expected to accommodate seniors and low-income families by end of summer
A new housing project designated as 100% affordable for seniors and low-income families in City Heights is in the final stages of construction.
The project has 78 family units and 117 units for the elderly.
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Fred Davis is a volunteer with At the service of seniorsthe non-profit organization that will contribute to the operation of the building.
“No matter where the location is here in San Diego, we always need senior housing,” he said. “We have a new generation of homeless seniors. Everything is going up and most seniors are living below the federal poverty level.
The new development is located at the busy intersection of Fairmount Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard.
Serving Seniors CEO Paul Downey told KPBS that residents would have access to on-site activities and case management services, and could receive free meals a few blocks away in another Serving Seniors affordable housing complex.
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But the building is not just for the elderly: it will also be a space for low-income families thanks to a collaboration with Philanthropies Awards.
“Sometimes with affordable housing we tend to create a kind of warehouse. We put a bunch of seniors here, we put a bunch of veterans there, or just families here,” Downey said. “To really have this intergenerational interaction is healthy and normal, and it benefits everyone who lives there.”
The opening of the building is tentatively scheduled for the end of the summer.
Erik Tilkemeier, the director of housing for the City Heights Community Development Corporationsaid the new development would help, but another issue affecting low-income San Diego residents is a lack of middle-income housing.
“If you can only afford rent for $1,500 a month, you can’t rent a place for $2,000 a month, but you can rent a place for $1,000 a month. And that takes it away from someone who can only afford the $1,000 a month rent,” Tilkemeier said.
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Prospective residents aged 62 and over can now register their interest in the housing complex at servantseniors.org.
Downey said to sign up as soon as demand is very high.