JAN. 23, 2023 1:51 PM PT
Ground was broken for a housing community geared to homeless and very low-income residents this month at a vacant lot on Greenbrier Drive between Apple Street and Oceanside Boulevard, just east of Interstate 5, and near the Crouch Street Sprinter Station.
The complex will have 60 units, with 59 for homeless community members or those at risk of homelessness. One of the units is reserved for the apartment manager.
The 45 studios are 362 square feet, and the nine one-bedroom units are 565 square feet.
The complex sits on nearly three-quarters of an acre lot and is slated to have community amenities such as barbecue areas, laundry facilities and a garden.
The project, spearheaded by National CORE and the San Diego Community Housing Corporation, will provide not only permanent housing for all ages, but also support services.
The integrated supportive housing community of Greenbrier Village as it will be called, is slated to include mental, physical and behavioral health services, care coordination, employment development and programs supporting social connectedness.
The Hope through Housing Foundation is partnering with the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services, Interfaith Community Services, San Ysidro Health and other local service providers to offer support and case management to help residents, as they work toward getting stability in their lives.
“Housing is just the first step to obtaining stability. The support services that we offer, coupled with high-quality homes, provide tools for our residents to set a foundation to achieve security,” said Michael Ruane, National CORE president.
The project will include residents with mental health challenges, through its partnership with the county’s “No Place Like Home” program.
The project’s cost is estimated at $27.3 million. Funding comes from a $6.2 million mortgage from JP Morgan Chase, $11.6 million of tax equity funding and $3.5 million Federal HOME funds from the city of Oceanside, and $6 million from the county’s allocation of No Place Like Home funds.
Construction is estimated to take 18 to 20 months, and Greenbrier Village is expected to open for occupancy around August 2024.
Attendees at the groundbreaking included county Supervisor Jim Desmond, Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez, and City Council members, County of San Diego officials and National CORE and San Diego Community Housing Corporation leaders.
“With innovative programs like the County of San Diego Innovative Housing Trust Fund and No Place Like Home, we are continuing to bring folks in off the street, to help homeless individuals and families maintain stable housing, and to allow all residents the opportunity to thrive,” said David Estrella, director of Housing and Community Development Services for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.