ALAMEDA, CA - The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (AHA) has received $20.6 million dollars from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development. This funding will help AHA build North Housing Senior Apartments, which is the first phase of this long planned North Housing community development project. This senior property will include 64 affordable apartments for only seniors (ages 62 years and older) and is comprised of forty studios, twenty-three one-bedroom apartments, and a two-bedroom apartment for an onsite manager.
"The California Multifamily Super NOFA transformed a once burdensome and lengthy funding application process into an accessible and smart one-stop shop that will get more housing built faster," said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez. "This results in new homes for struggling working families, veterans, farmworkers, and people exiting homelessness. California will continue to act with urgency to find new, innovative solutions to fast track housing development."
In a full circle moment, the land, which was originally owned by the Housing Authority in the 1940s was granted back to the Housing Authority (in 2019) via the surplus land act by the U.S. Department of Navy. The land will now serve as the home for a senior property that houses military veterans. 25% of the residents at North Housing Senior Apartments will be veterans in need of supportive housing. "Studios and one-bedroom apartments are in very high demand in the City of Alameda," says AHA Board Chair Carly Grob, "and fill a great need for both seniors and previously homeless military veterans."
Island City Development (ICD), an affiliate of AHA, will be the developer of this project and the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda owns the land. The architect of the North Housing Senior Apartments is HKIT Architects. Once the property opens (future opening date TBD), all leasing and property management services will be provided by FPI Management. AHA staff is actively planning for this community development project to begin construction in either late 2023 or early 2024.
North Housing Senior residents will enjoy property amenities that include a community room, indoor mailroom/lobby, on-site parking, on-site laundry room, bike parking, Wi-Fi hotspot, and on-site property management. AHA's social services partner LifeSTEPS will provide case management and resident services that connect seniors to resources like food, medical, rental assistance, transportation, hoarding resources, social activities, just to name a few.