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Father Joe’s Villages Offers First-Glance Tours of Affordable Housing Project

| July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

In January, Father Joe’s Villages broke ground for its first affordable housing project of 2020, Benson Place. Representatives for the organization announced that Benson Place will be completed and move-in ready in August 2020. The South San Diego housing community will be the first of Father Joe’s Villages’ Turning the Key initiative to house people exiting homelessness.

Father Joe’s Villages recognizes that the biggest barrier to solving homelessness in San Diego is the lack of affordable housing. By creating long-term housing developments like Benson Place and employing existing supportive services tailored for each individual, Father Joe’s Villages will ensure its clients have the tools they need to succeed in permanent housing. This initiative aligns with the City of San Diego Community Action Plan on Homelessness.

Once completed, the motel building will house 82 rooms, each including a small home with a kitchen and bathroom. The common and outdoor spaces are designed for all residents to share and will have a laundry facility, community room, full kitchen, dining and lounge areas, computer station, stocked common pantry and barbecue, community garden and bike storage shed. The building will include offices for property managers, case managers and security staff.

Turning the Key is Father Joe’s Villages’ initiative to build affordable housing projects like Benson Place. When complete, the initiative will add 2,000 units of affordable housing dedicated to more than 2,500 seniors, veterans, families, transition-age youth and people with disabilities who are overcoming homelessness. Turning the Key relies on a strategic blend of existing public dollars and private contributions, and once built, the housing locations will generate enough rent to cover expenses related to building operations and services.

As the largest homeless services provider in San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages ensures that each person can rediscover hope and build a brighter future. To address the complex needs of people who are homeless, the organization provides housing for more than 2,000 people each night and more than 3,000 meals every day, along with health care, substance use disorder treatment, job training, therapeutic childcare and more. This mission is made possible only through the efforts of compassionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous public and private donors. For more information, please visit: https://my.neighbor.org/.

Shown is a rendering of the completed Benson Place facility.

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