Alpha Lofts unveiled its 52 studio and one-bedroom apartments meant to help San Diego veterans get back on their feet through a partnership between the Alpha Project, a non-profit that serves the homeless community, and the Chelsea Investment Corporation, an affordable housing developer.
“This community will provide quality housing for these people who sacrifice and served our country faithfully and now find themselves without a home,” said Bob Cummings, government relations manager for the Chelsea Investment Corporation.
The apartments will not just be a place to live, Cummings said, but will also offer “comprehensive supportive services” from the Alpha Project, which can include helping those find independence through education, employment, and sobriety.
The apartments were funded, in part, by $5.2 million from the San Diego Housing Commission, as well as financial support from Union Bank and the California Housing Finance Agency, Benvenuto told NBC 7.
In addition to the $5.2 million, the commission provided 52 federal renting vouchers that would help keep the apartments affordable for its tenants. If a veteran moves out, the voucher would stay with the apartment, so Alpha Lofts can remain as inexpensive as possible, Benvenuto said.
Alpha Lofts is part of the San Diego Housing Commission’s homeless action plan, Housing First San Diego. The 52 apartments added to the more than 6,000 housing opportunities created by the program in the past five years.
(Published Friday, Jan. 25, 2019)
“I am routinely frustrated, like many San Diegans, about the lack of housing options, but particular for veterans, the idea that we don’t have the stock of housing to help them just find civility in their lives is heartbreaking. And the fact that we are making progress, incrementally though it may be, is incredibly uplifting,” Benvenuto said.