Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Affirmed Celebrates San Diego Affordable Housing with Local and Statewide Electeds

State Senator Toni Atkins, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Chris Ward Speak at Grand Opening for Cypress, Permanent Supportive Housing for Special Needs Populations

San Diego, CA, July 20, 2016 – Affirmed Housing is pleased to announce that it will celebrate the grand opening of Cypress on July 24, 2017 at 11:00am.  Located at 1435 Imperial Avenue in Downtown San Diego, Cypress is a Permanent Supportive Housing development serving homeless individuals with special needs.  In attendance for the grand opening of the $20 million, eco-friendly project will be California State Senator, Toni Atkins; San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer; San Diego Councilman, Chris Ward; and San Diego Housing Commission President, Rick Gentry.  As a sustainable, transit-oriented development, Cypress pairs the latest in urban design with affordability for those who need housing most: the homeless population in Downtown San Diego.

Cypress will provide 62 studio apartments for residents earning an average of 30 – 40 percent of the area median income (AMI).  The project also has one, one-bedroom manager’s unit.  Resident apartments range from 275 to 350 square feet and feature personal kitchens and bathrooms. Shared amenities include a second-level outdoor open space, a community kitchen, tech tables, and lounge areas with abundant natural sunlight.  The environmentally-friendly community also has a solar array to offset 60 percent of its common area energy usage, and offers resident services by St. Vincent de Paul Village, Inc.  The project was designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture and built by HA Builders, with civil engineering by Kettler Leweck Engineering and landscape design by Ivy Landscape Architects.  Funding for the project included 9% federal tax credits, $3,450,000 of development capital from the San Diego Housing Commission, and $3,837,545 in Transit-Oriented Development grant funding. The project was also awarded 62 project-based federal housing vouchers, which have an annual value of $612,312.
James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing, states, “Affirmed is pleased to be leading in the efforts of Mayor Faulconer and the San Diego Housing Commission to reduce homelessness in the City of San Diego. In providing permanent supportive housing we believe we are giving our residents the tools they need to succeed and advance their place in society.”

Headquartered in San Diego, Affirmed Housing is dedicated to improving and sustaining the viability of California through the development of affordable housing.  For more information, visit www.affirmedhousing.com

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Our residents WIN!

Affirmed Residents WIN AHMA PSW Foundation Scholarships

Affirmed is pleased to announce three winners of the annual AHMA PSW, Dan Grady Memorial Scholarship.  This program awards academic and vocational scholarships to deserving residents who wish to continue their education. Since its inception, the Dan Grady Memorial Scholarship Program has awarded over $622,000 in scholarships to low income residents and at-risk youth.  Each winner won a $3000 scholarship towards their higher education. 

(*Resident names have been changed to protect their identity). 

Frank has been living at Allanza Apartments for the last 5 years. When Frank was 16 years old, he dropped out of school and was addicted to drugs. His addiction led him to a life of crime where he was incarcerated on and off for about 15 years. As of November 2015, Frank has been sober and in recovery for nine years. He is expected to graduate with a GPA of 3.41 in June 2017 from Cal State San Bernardino.  He will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He plans to pursue his master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Brandman University. Frank is currently working for The Awareness Group as a certified drug and alcohol counselor which he provides educational classes and facilitates groups for people.  Frank also won a AHMA-PSW Foundation scholarship in 2016.

Alice has been living at Creekside Trails for the last 5 years. She is a senior at the local High School and is expected to graduate on June 1, 2017. She maintains a 4.21 GPA while participating in school activities such as cross country, wrestling, track and field, Science Club, Spanish Honor Society Club, and MECHA. She is currently working as a cashier and volunteer at the Casa Familiar Summer Program. She is a first-time recipient of the AHMA-PSW Foundation scholarship. She will be attending San Diego State University in the fall. Her goal is to graduate in 4 years and travel. She would like to spread awareness to third world countries by focusing the attention to those who are in need and help to make a difference.

Jena has been living at Tesoro Grove for the last 6 years. She is currently enrolled in UCLA and majoring in Human Biology and Society while maintaining a 4.13 GPA. She is expected to graduate in 2020. She works as a lifeguard at the Aquatic San Diego. She had volunteered at the UCSD hospital, Kaiser Permanente and San Ysidro Health Clinic where she was inspired to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Once she graduates from UCLA, she would like to return to San Ysidro to help make a difference in people’s lives by working in Public Health. This will give her the opportunity to provide similar services to families that are in a similar situation that she was when she was growing up.

AHMA-PSW is a non-profit organization composed of affordable housing providers, including agents, owners, property managers and related professionals who offer management and products or services to the affordable housing industry -- low and moderate income families, seniors and persons with disabilities.  The Affordable Housing Management Association Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW) Foundation is entering its thirty first year of providing assistance in continuing education to residents of our housing complexes.   To learn more, visit the AHMA-PSW at http://www.ahma-psw.org/