Cypress, developed by Affirmed Housing, in East Village in Downtown San Diego.

Affirmed Housing Group, known for creating affordable and sustainable multifamily housing in California community, recently broke ground on their latest project.

With the help of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), Affirmed Housing created the 63-unit permanent supportive housing development in the East Village section of the city to support San Diego’s homeless. The complex is part of SDHC’s three-year homelessness action plan, which receives $3.4 million in development funding from the SDHC’s 62 federal renting vouchers. Rents are limited to those who make no more than 30% and 40% Area Median Income (AMI). The property is affordable, sustainable, and transit-friendly.

“It starts with identifying a site that has a transit-friendly infrastructure, designing a project that meets the local community’s needs and goals for affordable housing, and then being able to leverage that into a financing structure that supports both affordability and sustainability,” says Beth Binger, President of BCI.

Cypress was built to a LEED Gold standard, which helped guide the developers in making the project more affordable. All units are built with sustainable features, such as a large PV Solar system located in each unit, ductless HVAC equipment , higher insulating components, and durable finishes that minimize the need for frequent replacement. The units will range in size from 275 to 350 square feet, and residents will have access to a 4,000-square-foot communal area featuring kitchens, tech tables, outdoor spaces, and lounge areas.

“One of the project’s most appealing features is its second level common gathering areas that not only include glass curtain walls and a street-front patio, but also a large private courtyard with barbecue's and raised planters for residents’ vegetable gardens,” says Binger.

The apartment complex design follows SDHC’s housing first model, which targets the most vulnerable of the homeless community. In addition to providing permanent housing for Cypress’s 62 residents, the property also offers social services that will increase the likelihood that residents remain in affordable housing. The supportive services provided by St. Vincent Paul Village. will help residents with their health, physical, and wellness needs, so they can get on their feet and continue residency.

“Services provided will include case management services to facilitate residents in accessing services for their economic and physical needs, as well as comprehensive health, wellness, and social services aimed at rehabilitating tenants to a point of self-sufficiency and permanent tenancy,” says Binger.