Community HousingWorks http://chworks.org Helping people own, rent and achieve in San Diego and beyond for over 30 years. Welcome home. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:11:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Volunteer Spotlight: Kalthum, Zahra, and Sagal http://chworks.org/volunteer-spotlight-bandar-2017/ Mon, 15 May 2017 23:26:38 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13885 Read more ›]]>

From left: Sagal, Zahra (Community Building Coordinator),
Zahra (volunteer), Kalthum

Three volunteers at CHW Bandar Salaam community accepted to SDSU

Congratulations to volunteers Kalthum, Zahra, and Sagal on their acceptance to San Diego State University! These college-bound seniors have been volunteering at the Bandar Salaam Community Center for two years, tutoring young residents in the Study Stars after-school learning program and coordinating community events. Learn more about these amazing young women and their stories below.


 

Kalthum, a 13 year resident of Bandar Salaam is volunteering at the same CHW community she has called home for most of her life.

To me, home and community mean an environment that teaches and aids you to become a powerful individual who will later be beneficial to that same home and community. 

Volunteering at her CHW Community Center aided her personal growth, helping her become more confident through her connection with her young students. “I was always shy and withdrawn from everyone until I started tutoring at Bandar Salaam,” she says. “I was able to get to know most of the students and form bonds with them… I have learned from the students I have tutored just as much as they learned from me.”

Her drive to give back to her CHW community as a volunteer tutor is not only an expression of her community ideals, it is a testament to how important education is to her. “I am motivated to pursue a college education because of the sacrifices my parents made just to be able to give us an opportunity to create a better future for ourselves,” she says.

Kalthum recently got accepted to San Diego State University as a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major, and plans to continue serving her community in her future career. “I wish to become an audiologist so that I can help people with hearing and lisp problems.”

 

Zahra is passionate about her education and reading and writing short stories. She serves as role model to both the students she tutors and members of her own family “Out of 10 of my siblings, I am the second oldest, so my younger siblings all look up to me.” Through volunteering at the Community Center, Zahra became a full fledged member of the Bandar Salaam community.

To me, home means comfort, safety, and a place where I know I belong. Community means a safe place filled with familiar faces. Bandar Salaam is my home and community because I grew to love the students I tutored, and be comfortable here. 

With the help of Zahra and other Community Center volunteers, young student residents are able to improve their language skills in and outside of the classroom. “I watched the students grow and flourish,” she says. “Some kids went from not knowing English to constantly speaking it.” For Zahra, the learning went both ways. “Being a volunteer positively impacted me because it taught me how to be patient…I learned everyone has a different pace for learning.” The lessons she learned through volunteering at CHW will be helpful to her in both her major and future career. Zahra will be majoring in Social Work and hopes to work with children.

 

Sagal is a young leader with a strong commitment to giving back to her community and her family. She recognizes her volunteer experience at the Community Center as crucial to cultivating her leadership skills and showing her how to be an active and engaged member of her community.

The Bandar Salaam community has helped me grow as a leader. When I first started, I was shy…Bandar has helped me reach out to my community and be an active part of it. I felt as though I really made an impact.

Sagal is passionate about education for herself and others. While volunteer tutoring at Bandar Salaam to help her students progress in school, Sagal’s own academic success is a particular source of pride and joy for her. “I love to learn new things… I am most proud of my academic achievements.” Her drive for education is inspired by her parents and how they’ve supported her and her academic pursuits her whole life. “I saw how my parents struggled financially and how they wanted me to have a better life,” she says. “When I was a kid, they pushed me to do well in school. I hope through a college education, I will be able to support my parents the way they supported me.”

Sagal will be majoring in social work, and also plans to continue serving her community with her education. “I hope to have a career where I help refugees and immigrants adjust to their new surroundings.”

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Kalthum’s Story http://chworks.org/kalthums-story/ Tue, 02 May 2017 19:42:37 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13865 Read more ›]]> Kalthum is a college-bound high school senior who lives and volunteers at Community HousingWorks’ Bandar Salaam community. Kalthum

Kalthum and her family have lived in the Bandar Salaam community for 13 years. In high school, she began volunteering at Bandar Salaam’s Community Center, tutoring young residents in the Study Stars after-school learning program. As a resident and a volunteer, she gives back to the same CHW community she has called home for most of her life.

To me, home and community mean an environment that teaches and aids you to become a powerful individual who will later be beneficial to that same home and community. 

Volunteering at her CHW Community Center aided her personal growth, helping her become more confident through her connection with her young students. “I was always shy and withdrawn from everyone until I started tutoring at Bandar Salaam,” she says. “I was able to get to know most of the students and form bonds with them… I have learned from the students I have tutored just as much as they learned from me.”

Kalthum’s drive to give back to her CHW community as a volunteer tutor is not only an expression of her community ideals, it is a testament to how important education is to her. “I am motivated to pursue a college education because of the sacrifices my parents made just to be able to give us an opportunity to create a better future for ourselves,” she says.

Kalthum recently got accepted to San Diego State University as a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major, and plans to continue serving her community in her future career. “I wish to become an audiologist so that I can help people with hearing and lisp problems.”

“I am proud of the woman I have become.” 

Congratulations to Kalthum, a super star resident volunteer with a strong sense of self and a passion for giving back!

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The Right Growth 2017 http://chworks.org/the-right-growth-2017/ Mon, 01 May 2017 23:15:52 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13868 Read more ›]]> The Right Growth Infographic

Dear CHW Friend and Supporter,

For two decades, I have had the great fortune of leading CHW, as our organization and impact have grown—from opening our first after school program at our Orange Place apartment community in 1998, to now serving over 8,000 residents in 38 communities statewide. As the stakes get higher, we must be sure we continue to grow with strength and purpose. The housing and homelessness crises continue to worsen in San Diego and throughout the state. Proposed budget cuts could shrink federal funding for housing by 13%, reducing critical support for the residents we serve. Now more than ever, we at CHW are called on to develop and provide more affordable apartments, ensuring each one is a powerful platform from which residents can succeed.

This commitment to our mission, combined with valuable insight from industry experts and the residents we serve, led us to adopt a strategic plan that will guide us through the next three years.

For a clear picture of what we’re talking about, click on the infographic (and please feel free to share it with your friends and networks).

To respond to the dramatic need we see across our state, CHW is doubling down on:

  • Bold and Sustainable Growth. We plan to reach 5,000 apartments by 2020, serving a total of 15,000 people in need of a safe, affordable home. We will continue to be leaders in green and transit-oriented development, benefiting our communities, the people who live there, and the planet.
  • Resident-Driven Impact. CHW will focus on increasing resident engagement and fostering resident volunteerism. This model ensures we address resident needs first and facilitate community resources effectively. Scalability and sustainability are crucial to our success in San Diego and statewide.
  • Growing our Financial Base. Diverse government and market tools will help us secure the capital needed to continue working on projects that support our mission. We will continue to build out capital investments to maintain the quality of our communities. We will explore untapped fundraising potential with donor opportunities that will engage current and future donors for years to come.

Implementing this plan over the next three years to bring thousands more affordable homes to the state of California will not be easy, but I know we are the right people to do it.

Of course, we could not do any of this without our supporters who make it all possible. I share this plan with you as a valued partner, and thank you for joining CHW in pursuing our mission. We are grateful for your support as we begin this next chapter, and I look forward to sharing our journey with you along the way.

 

With much appreciation,

Sue Reynolds

President and CEO

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Southcrest community to celebrate affordable housing renewal http://chworks.org/mayberry-renovation-celebration/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:10:25 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13457 Read more ›]]> chw_mayberry_main_header_web

Southcrest community to celebrate affordable housing renewal

Renovation of Mayberry Townhomes improves value for low-income residents

San Diego, Calif. (October 3, 2016) —

Community HousingWorks (CHW) will join with partners and residents on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. to celebrate the completion of renovations at Mayberry Townhomes, an affordable, transit-oriented community in San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood.

Speakers at the celebration will include City Councilmember Marti Emerald, San Diego Housing Commission CEO Rick Gentry, Civic San Diego President Reese Jarrett and CHW President and CEO Sue Reynolds.

“Community HousingWorks is proud to contribute to the revitalization of Southcrest while also preserving the availability of affordable rental homes for local residents,” Reynolds said. “Located near shopping, transit, public parks and other amenities, the Mayberry Townhomes offer both opportunity and convenience for lower-income residents.”

The 70-unit apartment community at 4422 Mayberry Street has served as affordable housing since it was built in 1984. CHW purchased the property in 2015 and permanently lowered rents in 60 percent of the apartments through a combination of low-income tax credits, bond financing and earlier long-term investments of the San Diego Housing Commission and Civic San Diego. The apartments will remain affordable for the next 55 years.

“More than 60 percent of the funding CHW utilized to acquire and renovate Mayberry Townhomes came from Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds authorized by the San Diego Housing Commission, with the approval of Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald and the full City Council,” said San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry. “As a result, low-income families will have access to rental housing they can afford at Mayberry Townhomes for decades to come.”

CHW invested over $3 million in renovations to the 2.8-acre community, including upgrades to kitchens, bathrooms and flooring in half the apartments. Other work included the replacement of four roofs, repairs to exterior walls and resurfacing of asphalt parking areas.

A pioneer in green building practices, CHW made numerous green upgrades, including new energy-efficient windows, lighting and appliances. CHW reduced water demand by removing over 50 percent of the grass turf and replacing it with native and water-wise plants. An extensive solar energy system offsets nearly 100 percent of tenants’ electricity demand.

Residents can now enjoy several new features, including a community center with a computer lab and gathering space; community picnic areas with barbecue grills; tot lots and a garden. Residents will also have access to CHW’s award-winning adult classes, focused on financial well-being, as well as after-school programs that provide academic enrichment for children.

The renovations complement the 2015 update to the Southeastern Community Plan, which puts Mayberry Townhomes in the Southcrest neighborhood gateway. CHW removed an unsightly street wall along 43rd Street and replaced it with and a unique art wall that creates an inviting sense of connection between the townhomes and the broader neighborhood.

Mayberry Townhomes’ previous owner, also a mission-based nonprofit, deliberately selected CHW because of CHW’s sophisticated financial capabilities, construction knowledge, and – most importantly – CHW’s commitment to responsible ownership and enriching the lives of its residents. CHW provided a financial return that allowed the other organization to further its important mission, while bringing CHW’s very strong housing stewardship to revitalize the property. CHW is proud that Mayberry continued our tradition of working with nonprofit sellers and sharing its deep experience and capabilities in the purchase, refinance, renovation, and preservation of mission-based affordable housing.

Community HousingWorks (CHW) is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that helps people living on low wages and fixed incomes move up in the world, in San Diego and across California, by building and owning stable affordable apartment homes and providing onsite services and opportunities for residents to achieve their dreams. CHW has nearly 30 years of success developing new and renovating existing multi-family, affordable rental apartments in urban, suburban and rural communities. With nearly 3,000 rental apartments in 36 communities statewide, CHW proudly serves more than 8,000 children and adults each year. CHW and our strategic partners deliver onsite programs to give residents the knowledge, tools, and hope to achieve their goals and dreams. As a result, many adult residents are able to get out of debt, improve their credit, and start a practice of saving for the future; and youth have a safe place to learn and grow, improve reading skills, and succeed in school. CHW is an exemplary-ranked member of the national NeighborWorks Network®, an award-winning affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, and member of the prestigious Housing Partnership Network.

 


Learn More:

More information about the community is available at www.chworks.org/mayberry-townhomes.

Full resolution photos are available at this link.

Media Contact: 

Tony Manolatos, Apex Strategies: Tony@apexstrat.com | 619.549.0137
 

 

 

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Geovany’s Story http://chworks.org/geovanys-story/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:43:18 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13593 Read more ›]]> geovany_website_post_header

“I didn’t like reading before, but I like it after Running Readers. It made me happy.” – Geovany

As a Study Star, seven-year-old Geovany has certainly sparkled in both his classroom and in the community. Geovany moved into the La Costa Paloma community in Carlsbad three years ago. When he first started Running Readers, Geovany had trouble focusing. It was difficult for him to listen and participate in the Community Center programs. Some homework and Running Readers coaches found it difficult to work with Geovany because of his energetic nature.

geovany_study_star_web_squareWhen Geovany’s mother, Viviana, and the Community Building Coordinator spoke, they brainstormed to find ways to help Geovany with his focus. After visiting a pediatrician, Geovany was later diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. Soon after, with the support of his school and family, he was placed on an Individualized Education Program for a customized learning plan to better fit his educational needs.

Today, with the help of the Study Stars program and his Community Building Coordinator, Geovany has made big improvements as a Study Star. He now loves coming to Running Readers and rarely misses a session. Geovany’s tutors have learned how to better work with him based on his unique learning style needs, and look forward to tutoring Geovany with patience and attention. Through the Community Center, Geovany is now using I-Ready, an e-learning educational resource, and is reading at grade level! The care of the Community Building Coordinator and coaches in Running Readers, along with Geovany’s love for learning has allowed him to make amazing progress with his reading.

However, no one is more proud of Geovany than his mother, Viviana. She has been greatly involved in Geovany’s education, checking in on him and following-up on his lessons. Viviana is always willing to lend a helping hand at community events and stays involved in Geovany’s school. CHW has given Geovany and his family a place where they all can get the support they need in an environment that encourages them to pursue their goals. Geovany’s family hopes that he will one day be able to go to a college or university. While Geovany has a long time until then, with his passion for learning, and a community that loves and supports him, Geovany will definitely continue on a path towards success.

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David’s Story http://chworks.org/davids-story/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:08:12 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13423 Read more ›]]> David_web_header

“The Community Center was a big part of growing up for me. I am the person that I am today because of the help I found here.” – David

At age seven, David came to CHW’s La Costa Paloma Community Center looking for help with his homework. Having just moved to the United States from Honduras, David was struggling with his homework, which neither David nor his family could understand as they only spoke Spanish. The Community Center soon became a second home for David who was living with his uncle, while his mother battled substance abuse and he never knew his father.

David had to adjust quickly to the new language and environment. He  remembers what it was like when he first moved to the US:

“I didn’t have the easiest life. I didn’t grow up in a traditional home, and I never met my dad.  School was the biggest struggle; I wouldn’t do my homework.”

David_LC_webLa Costa Paloma’s Community Center became a critical resource during this time of transition in David’s life. In each of CHW’s Community Centers, Community Building Coordinators provide after-school programs for children and connect families and adults to resources. At La Costa Paloma, the Coordinators helped David not only with his homework, but also helped him excel and discover a love of learning and school. David says:

“Shakira and Leti (CHW onsite staff) would always push me. It was a lot of hard work, but I grew a lot. I felt supported by them.”

David soon began coming to the Community Center daily for help with his homework, and in middle school began to volunteer for community events. As a high school sophomore, David started giving back in the Community Center as a reading coach for CHW’s early literacy program, Running Readers. Beyond this role, David started using his own talents and passions by teaching dance lessons to his peers and other resident youth. He even organized a talent show with the help of the Coordinator, providing a great opportunity for neighbors to come together to not only watch their children’s performance but also find community with one another. David is now a strong student and part of an elite dance group. He recently traveled to Orlando, Florida for a dance competition. Upon reflection on his earlier years at La Costa, David remembers:

“Living at La Costa Paloma made me realize that when people come together as a community, it can do so much. I ask myself, where would I be if I had not received that help? Helping other people is really important to me. The Community Center was a big part of growing up for me. I am the person that I am today due to the help that I had here.”

David will be attending San Francisco State University this fall. He finds himself drawn towards a career in medicine, where he hopes to help people. He still has a passion for giving back to his community, reflecting the core values of Community HousingWorks – fostering a sense of true community and and helping people “move up” in the world.

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White House Recognizes CHW and Everyday Energy http://chworks.org/white-house-recognizes-chw-and-everyday-energy/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:18:39 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13393 Read more ›]]>

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White House recognizes Community HousingWorks and Everyday Energy for contributions toward national affordable housing solar energy goal

San Diego, Calif. (July 26, 2016) — The White House last week identified Community HousingWorks (CHW) as a key partner in helping to achieve President Barack Obama’s new goal to bring 1 gigawatt of solar energy to low- and moderate-income families by 2020.

CHW — a San Diego-based, nonprofit affordable housing developer — has committed to install 3.5 megawatts of solar energy in its affordable housing communities by 2020 as part of the Obama administration’s new Clean Energy Savings for All initiative.

CHW has already installed 2.9 megawatts of capacity in more than half of its 36 affordable communities. By the end of this year, CHW plans to complete installations at six more communities, bringing the total number of solar-powered apartments to 2,342, and meeting its goal for President Obama’s initiative.

“We’re very proud of the solar contributions we’ve made toward President Obama’s goal. San Diego is leading the way and CHW is leading in San Diego,” said Sue Reynolds, President and CEO of Community HousingWorks. “More importantly, we’re proud of our energy achievements because of the positive impacts they have on our environment and the people who live in our communities.”

CHW’s effort is made possible by its partnership with Everyday Energy, a Carlsbad-based national leader in financing, designing and installing solar systems for multifamily affordable housing communities. Everyday Energy works with SolarCity to offer a solar service agreement that allows CHW to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs. The financing model includes savings from the California MASH program and the Federal Investment Tax Credit.

The White House announcement of the new 1-gigawatt nationwide goal this week is a ten-fold expansion of the original target of 100 megawatts set in Obama’s 2014 Climate Action Plan. CHW played a significant role in helping reach that 100 megawatts target well in advance of the 2020 deadline.

The solar energy installations at CHW properties offset the electrical loads of both common areas and tenant-occupied spaces. Tenants in CHW’s solar-powered communities see a direct economic benefit as a result of the solar installations. For example, in Poway, the solar installation at CHW’s Park View Terrace community cut residents’ energy bills by half, from $35.73 a month to $15.28 a month, on average. CHW itself has saved over $10,000 a year in operating costs at Park View Terrace thanks to the solar installations, which also helps the company keep rents low for families.

“The success of installing shared solar to benefit multiple tenant meters with a single large system is now being used as a national model to brig the benefits of renewable energy to all Americans,” said Everyday Energy CEO Scott Sarem. “Everyday Energy has been tasked by the U.S. Department of Energy to share its experience with leaders like Community HousingWorks to spur adoption of solar in multifamily affordable housing complexes nationwide.”


Media contact: Tony Manolatos

tony@apexstrat.com | 619.549.0137
About Community HousingWorks
Community HousingWorks (CHW) is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that helps people living on low wages and fixed incomes move up in the world, in San Diego and across California, by building and owning stable affordable apartment homes and providing onsite services and opportunities for residents to achieve their dreams. CHW has nearly 30 years of success developing new and renovating existing multi-family, affordable rental apartments in urban, suburban and rural communities. With nearly 3,000 rental apartments in 36 communities statewide, CHW proudly serves more than 8,000 children and adults each year. CHW and our strategic partners deliver onsite programs to give residents the knowledge, tools, and hope to achieve their goals and dreams. As a result, many adult residents are able to get out of debt, improve their credit, and start a practice of saving for the future; and youth have a safe place to learn and grow, improve reading ability, and succeed at school. CHW is an Exemplary-ranked member of the national NeighborWorks Network®, an award-winning affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, and member of the prestigious Housing Partnership Network.

About Everyday Energy
Everyday Energy is the leading solar provider for the multifamily affordable housing market. As part of their mission, Everyday Energy designs and installs solar energy systems for multifamily affordable housing and trains and hires veterans and affordable housing residents to help them begin careers in solar energy. Everyday Energy creates financial scenarios that allow customers to install solar at little to no out of pocket expense. Headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Everyday Energy is responsible for creating over ten megawatts of solar energy throughout the state. For more information, visit www.EverydayEnergy.us or call 760-607-7200.

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CHW and The Center break ground in North Park http://chworks.org/chw-and-the-center-break-ground-in-north-park/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:35:32 +0000 http://chworks.org/?p=13354 Read more ›]]>

Construction begins on San Diego’s first LGBT-affirming senior community

Community HousingWorks and San Diego LGBT Community Center break ground in North Park

San Diego, Calif. (July 13, 2016) — Community HousingWorks (CHW) and the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the highly-anticipated North Park Senior Apartments, San Diego’s first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing community, located at 4200 Texas St, San Diego, CA 92104.

Speakers included Assemblymember Toni Atkins; City Councilmember Todd Gloria; Sue Reynolds, President and CEO of Community HousingWorks; Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center; and several #LGBTseniors.

CHW is developing 76 senior apartment homes at the corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue, just south of El Cajon Boulevard, in North Park. Construction on the $28.5 million community will take approximately 18 months, and residents should be able to move in by December 2017.

“Many of us do not have family to support us… we need this kind of housing,” said Robert Bettinger, an 87-year-old gay man who has been an outspoken advocate for #LGBTSeniors in San Diego.

While one in five California seniors faces poverty, #LGBTseniors are especially vulnerable because they are more likely to be single, more likely to have lower incomes, less likely to have enough money saved for retirement, and less likely to have adequate family and social support networks. Many are forced back into the closet during their golden years due to a lack of acceptance among their peers and managers of senior housing apartments.

Bettinger, one of the speaker’s at today’s groundbreaking, was part of a grassroots working group at The Center that planted the seed to create a community that supports and affirms #LGBTSeniors almost a decade ago. The group more recently organized a study of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors. Titled “LGBT San Diego’s Trailblazing Generation,” the study found that 23 percent of #LGBTseniors earn less than $20,000 a year and 68 percent have neither family nor younger friends they can count on for support or assistance.

Open to all seniors, the North Park Senior Apartments will provide an affirming and supportive community for #LGBTseniors, with supportive services provided on site. The community is a collaboration between nonprofit San Diego-based affordable housing developer Community HousingWorks and The Center.

“Many people are going to benefit from relief from isolation, depression, and anxiety and find that moments in their last days can be full of compassion and warmth,” Bettinger said. “I’m happy for the many people who will go forward in hope, safety and comfort.”

Sue Reynolds, President and CEO of Community HousingWorks, said the new community is one step toward meeting a tremendous need in the community.

“The Baby Boom generation has only just begun to retire, and seniors are especially vulnerable to poverty and isolation,” Reynolds said. “We expect this community to serve as a model for others in San Diego and to inspire similar LGBT-affirming developments in other cities.”

Outside of San Diego, there are four LGBT-affirming affordable communities for seniors: in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. A fifth is under construction in San Francisco.

“Our seniors form the very foundation this community has been built upon,” said Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. “They led us from the Stonewall riots through the most devastating years of the AIDS crisis to where we are today, yet their needs are often overlooked. These pioneers of the LGBT community deserve our respect, our support and, when necessary, our help. Providing a welcoming, supportive affordable place for our seniors to live is a fundamental way to show our gratitude.”

City Councilmember Todd Gloria said: “We have an obligation to take care of the trailblazing generation that bravely fought for the freedoms we all enjoy today. Ultimately, all senior housing community should be open and affirming to LGBT seniors, and all seniors who need an affordable home should be able to find one.”

North Park Senior Apartments is conveniently located in a walkable urban neighborhood with access to transit, employment, shopping centers, a park, a recreation center, and full-service grocery stores.

Consistent with CHW’s commitment to sustainability, the development will include a solar thermal system, water-saving fixtures, and energy-efficient building design. The community will also include indoor and outdoor social and recreational areas; a large community space for meetings, events, and services provided by The Center; and features like a second-story courtyard overlooking the neighborhood, a rose garden and a small park.

CHW received strong support from the North Park Planning Committee when it sought to entitle a mixed-income development with 194 apartments, including a 117-unit market-rate apartment complex across the street from the 76 at North Park Senior Apartments. The market-rate development will be constructed concurrently by Alliance Residential.

As with the rest of San Diego, rents have increased sharply in North Park and apartments are hard to find. Combined, North Park Seniors and the Alliance community will be the largest new construction in North Park in decades and will help address our region’s housing needs by providing both affordable housing and more market-rate supply.

Multiple public and private community partners came together in funding the $28.5 million North Park community. Here is a breakdown:

  • Union Bank construction loan: $15 million, which reduces to a permanent loan of $4.5 million
  • US Bank: investor in low income housing tax credits for $11.2 million
  • San Diego Housing Commission: $7 million loan
  • CHW: $2,921,000 (equity and loan combined)
  • FHLB-SF Affordable Housing Program sponsored by Torrey Pines Bank: $750,000
  • Miscellaneous and refunds: $760,000

More information about the community is available at www.chworks.org/northpark.

A full resolution apartment rendering is available at this link.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will live at North Park Senior Apartments?

All applicants who meet the age requirements for 55+ senior housing and who qualify as earning equal to or less than 60% of the Area Median Income (1 person: $35,700 and $40,700 for 2 persons for 2016), as defined by guidelines issued annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of California, will be eligible to apply and will be treated equally without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class status or characteristic.

How much will rent be?

If the apartments were available today, the rents would range from $710 to $1,100. Rents and income restrictions are subject to change. HUD monitors the rental markets and sets the income limits for each county in the country and affordable rents are adjusted annually based on that data. An anticipated schedule of rents is listed below:

  • Studio: $710 – $860
  • 1-bedroom: $760 – $915
  • 2-bedroom: $905 – $1,100

When and how can individuals apply?

The formal selection process will begin when the Interest List opens in May, 2017. You will need to be registered on the Interest List in order to secure an opportunity to submit an application in 2017. There will be public information sessions in September/October 2016 and the February/March 2017. More information on the income qualifications, application and selection process will be forthcoming in September, concurrent with the community information session which will be announced in advance.

 

About Community HousingWorks

Community HousingWorks (CHW) is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that helps people living on low wages and fixed incomes move up in the world, in San Diego and across California, by building and owning stable affordable apartment homes and providing onsite services and opportunities for residents to achieve their dreams. CHW has nearly 30 years of success developing new and renovating existing multi-family, affordable rental apartments in urban, suburban and rural communities. With nearly 2,500 rental apartments in 34 communities statewide, CHW proudly serves more than 7,000 children and adults each year. CHW and our strategic partners deliver onsite programs to give residents the knowledge, tools, and hope to achieve their goals and dreams. As a result, many adult residents are able to get out of debt, improve their credit, and start a practice of saving for the future; and youth have a safe place to learn and grow, improve reading skills, and succeed in school. CHW is an exemplary-ranked member of the national NeighborWorks Network®, an award-winning affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, and member of the prestigious Housing Partnership Network.

 

About The San Diego LGBT Community Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, Inc.  (The Center) is the nation’s second oldest and one of the nation’s largest LGBT community centers. Functioning as the San Diego LGBT community’s anchor organization, The Center is led by a 14-member board of directors, employs over 50 paid staff and utilizes more than 1000 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, transgender community members and their families, and those living with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 61,000 service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.

 


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Celebrating Stellar Students

On June 15th, CHW celebrated the academic achievement of 6 VALOR scholarship recipients and 3 Achievers. VALOR scholarship recipients are CHW residents who have achieved academic success and demonstrated community leadership through volunteerism. The CHW Board of Directors created the VALOR Scholarship Program to provide Volunteers and Achievers who have achieved academic success plus demonstrated community Leadership, with an Opportunity and Reward to help pay for higher education.

Learn more about VALOR ›

Top 3 Achievers

Anh Le – Achiever Volunteer, Hillside Village
Kimani Cameron – Achiever Volunteer, La Costa Paloma
Ryu Sutton – Achiever Volunteer, Poway Villas

2016 VALOR Scholars

Christina_Gaspar_VALOR_2016_webChristina Gaspar (Old Grove Apartments) – University of California Berkeley

“At a very young age, I understood what it meant to always be in need of something. My family of six lived in a crowded, unsanitary apartment where we rented one room. At that time gang violence began to rise rapidly in our neighborhood and random inspections of border patrol officers around the city made us fear our own home. Fortunately for us, we heard about an affordable apartment complex (Old Grove Apartments) that was about to open in Oceanside and our next move was one that would change our life for the better. We moved to a new home where we have built a supporting community and a safe environment. I went to a brand new school where I found myself to be an outcast due to not speaking English. I would get picked on to read a sentence and the other kids would laugh at my accent. I attended English Learner classes that helped me learn the new language and when I started seeing results, my desire to learn fast grew. School became my safe haven and I learned putting in all my effort to maintain a high academic standard was achievable through commitment and at times having to sacrificing playtime and conformity for stress and sleepless nights.

Everyday I remind myself that I have the power to decide the outcome of my future and so put in all my effort in everything I do. Because of my hardships I have come to value the little I have and understand that life is not measured in how successful you become but instead in how many people you have helped along the way. I have been volunteering at the Old Grove Learning Center ever since I could begin to help. Being a resident made it easier for me to be at the learning center every second I had free. The most fulfilling experience I have had as a volunteer is being the Running Readers Coach at the center. For three years I have seen a group of kids grow and expand their potential as readers and writers. The experiences I have had at the center have given me a motivation to stay as I have learned not only things about myself but also have learned from the people I am surrounded with.

With the support of the CHW Valor Scholarship I will be able to attend the University of California, Berkeley and earn a degree in either Legal Studies or Political Science. I plan on becoming a Washington Correspondent or a lawyer for a government organization.”

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Erick Hernandez (North Santa Fe Apartments) – Palomar College

“I am an eighteen year old high school senior at Guajome Park Academy in Vista. I’m a first generation college student. I am very passionate about continuing my education and getting a degree to become someone who makes a change in the community. I really like teaching and showing other what I know. I’m a passionate, optimistic & a dedicated teen who takes up responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm and see to it that I complete my education in high school and next in college. I have a great amount of perseverance to achieve my goal. My family has helped me stay on track and go in the right direction through all the hard times. I’m excited to go to college because I will be first in my family and I want to pursue my dream. I am positive that being passionate and determined will help me get where I want to be in life.

As a volunteer in the learning center I have learned a lot, and to this day I still do. I have learned that the kids in the learning center are my top priority, which keeps me moving every single day. Knowing I can help make them brighter makes me want to spend more time with the kids. If I can help the kids in the learning center they will become successful in school and in the future. I learned that communication is very important when there’s a problem in the way, especially with the little ones and other teens who really need guidance and support. Learning that has benefited me personally in school and outside in the real world. In school I am able to communicate with my peers and teachers especially when we collaborate on a piece of work or simply help each other out when one needs help. In the real world I am able to have a connection with another person which turns out into a positive result because we suddenly become friends and a trust is built. Over the few months I have been able to show who I can be and do what I enjoy doing knowing I can make a change if I help others out. The community has become part of me and my family.The community is something I love and it does not only help others learn, but it also helps me learn. Overall the community has benefited me by expanding my opportunities for helping others and making a positive change.

I am very proud to say that I have graduated from high school and that now I will attend college, pursuing the dream of becoming a lawyer. I will attend Palomar Community College this fall and I plan to transfer to a UC or CSU after two years.”

Albert_LeAlbert Le (Hillside Village Apartments) – University of California San Diego

“I am an Asian-American that is of Vietnamese ancestry. My parents came to America in the 1970’s in search of a new life free from dictatorship. Since then, my father and mother have split and I currently live with my mother and my sister. Though my mother was not able to attend college, she has encouraged my sister and me to do so. She has provided me with plentiful opportunities to be successful in life through her love and care. I am proud to be carrying my mother’s dreams into college this upcoming fall, because I know what a proud and exciting moment it will be for my family. She does not expect me to be perfect, but she knows that if I work my hardest and put all of my effort, that I will be satisfied, and that is all that she is looking for.

What the volunteering experience has showed me is that even though everyone learns differently, everyone is smart. It amazes me how fast people catch on to new information or learn from what I teach them. Being an Achiever has helped me realize that everyone is equal in intelligence. Also, as an Achiever, I was not just an educational volunteer, but I helped students with memorizing speeches, creating projects, and studying. This was to ensure that everyone had opportunities to do well in school and receive a good education. I truly believe that being an Achiever was a very enriching experience because while the students learned from me, I learned from them, too. I was able to appreciate helping them while they were appreciative being helped.

I am thrilled to be attending college because I believe it will open more academic and social opportunities for me. I will be able to expand my education and meet new people at the same time. My dream is to explore space through scientific research, but I also want to make notable discoveries that will impact everyone. I hope that college will help me narrow my interests, so that I can continue on the path that I want to follow. If I change what I want to do, I am glad that I will have time to do so. For now, I will be attending University of California, San Diego with a major in Physics.”

 

Claire_LeDevic_VALOR_2016_webClaire LeDevic (Solara Apartments) – Palomar College

“My name is Claire LeDevic, I am 16 years old, and I’m a junior in high school. Although I am a junior, I will be graduating this year, because I got ahead after taking college courses throughout high school.

Growing up in such a great community (at Solara Apartments), it influenced me to give back to my community. When I was younger, I used to go to the learning center, and get help on homework, and do activities, or play games, it was always such a welcoming place to be. I got involved in the junior leaders program when I was in middle school, which helped me get good training to be a better leader. I was so grateful for all the help, knowledge, and confidence that this provided me, so as I got older, I wanted to give back, and I started volunteering at the learning center. I’ve volunteered as a runner readers leader, I have helped make mats for the homeless, helped out with a canned food drives, I went to the CLI convention in Kentucky, and learned how to be a better activist in my community. I also helped make toys for animals in the animal shelter, I ran a marathon for AIDS awareness, and I provided childcare, for ESL students that received tutoring at the Solara Learning Center. Following with other volunteer work within my high school, for example, being a secretary for ASB my sophomore year, we raised money for the school to help provide them with new equipment. I am the lead guitarist in the youth group band at my church, and I’m also apart of the welcoming committee. I also got involved in the resident popular leader training, and it taught me more about how the political process works in my community, and it inspired me to find ways I can improve my community for the better. I really enjoy volunteering at the learning center, and I always look forward to helping out the students, and improving their academic skills.

I will be involved in my community for the rest of my life, and I will always look out for better ways to help out others. I’m grateful for all of the leadership skills and opportunities that I have received while working with CHW.”

 

Adriana_Martinez_webAdriana Martinez (Poway Villas Apartments) – Palomar College

“My name is Adriana Martinez, and I am a senior at Poway High School. Growing up with parents who didn’t speak English was a struggle in our family. My parents immigrated to the United States for a better way of life. As a child, it was difficult because they weren’t able to help me or my siblings with school work. It was always my parent’s hope that all the kids would go to college and receive a further education. My parents have always told us they want us to have something better than what they did when they lived in Mexico. I want that life. I want to make my parents proud and help them as much as I can. They have always tried to give me and my siblings everything they could, even if it wasn’t much. Coming from a low income home, we have had many struggles, all of which involved money. For me to break the cycle of poverty, I need to go to college. Being away from my parents will be something new for all of us, but they know it’s something that I have to do. It’s somethings I’ve worked hard for. My parents aren’t able to support me financially through college. Even if they wanted to, it would be difficult because I have three more siblings they need to take care of.

My experience as an achiever has changed me in so many ways. Before becoming an achiever I was a very shy person who really didn’t speak up. Being an achiever has built my confidence over the years. I can now hold a conversation with someone I just meet, I speak up in class, I advocate for myself, and I can comfortably speak out about topics I am passionate about. When I first became an achiever, I knew a few of the students, but had never really spoken with them. Everyone made me feel welcome by involving me in conversations, planning and decision making. I was invited to all the events Mrs. Alison would hold: college tours, beach clean-up, the Miramar Police Academy, the financial workshops, and all of the college prep classes.

I will be attending Palomar College in the fall to pursue a degree in criminal justice. I’m excited to be the first generation in my family to attend college. Furthering my education will help me to achieve my goals and dreams, make my parents extremely proud, and set me up for a successful future on the workforce.”

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Arianna Murillo (Cedar/Nettleton Apartments) – California State University San Marcos

“My name is Arianna Murillo and I am a senior at El Camino High School. I have been volunteering for Community HousingWorks since 2012 as well as North County Lifeline since middle school. I have dedicated a lot of time towards helping other students and families because I can understand their hardships. I myself live in a CHW unit and all of us have a similar mission, and that is to become better people for our community. I value my experience with the families I have met and I plan to volunteer longer because I am going to a college near by. As a CHW Achiever, I have learned that there are multiple ways of learning and teaching which will benefit me as an educator in a few years.

I will be attending Cal State San Marcos in the Fall. I will be studying criminology. Receiving this award is an honor, it means that someone else believes in me. I hope to inspire my siblings and community by demonstrating that a degree and a higher education is possible. With the help of the CHW Valor Scholarship, I will be the first in my family to attend a four year university.”

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San Diego’s First LGBT-Affirming Senior Community

Community HousingWorks and the San Diego LGBT Community Center invite you to join us in celebrating the groundbreaking of 76 affordable apartments in North Park. Open to all seniors, this development is a collaboration with the San Diego LGBT Community Center to provide an affirming and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors.

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Wednesday, July 13th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM​
4200 Texas Street
San Diego, CA 92104

Please RSVP by Friday, July 8th. 

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Or RSVP to events@chworks.org

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