Housing planned for homeless seniors in South Bay – The San Diego Union-Tribune

More than 70 of the most vulnerable people on the street could find homes and services in a South Bay project aimed at helping homeless seniors with mental health issues.

John Seymour, vice president of acquisitions and forward planning for National Community Renaissance, said much of the funding is in place for the $32 million Nestor Senior Village project, and the nonprofit developer is pursuing the remaining $16 million through tax equity.

Construction of the 74-unit complex could begin by March 2022 and be complete by October 2023. Seymour said National Community Renaissance, often referred to as National CORE, has a development agreement with the Nestor United Methodist Church to build the project on its property at 1120 Nestor Way. Two church office buildings will be razed to make way for the project, but the church will remain.

Once construction is complete, National CORE will enter into a 99-year ground lease with the church.

“This will serve the most-vulnerable population, seniors, 55 and older, most of them with severe mental illness,” Seymour said.

That population will be cared for by staff members from county Behavioral Health Services and from Father Joe’s Villages, with Casa Familiar, Hope Through Housing Foundation and San Ysidro PACE also providing some support, Seymour said.

Nestor Senior Village will be just about a half-mile from the 82-unit Benson’s Place, a former motel Father Joe’s Villages converted to house homeless people with physical and mental challenges.

Funding for the new senior project includes a $3.3 million loan from the San Diego Housing Commission, $7.5 million from San Diego County’s allocation of state No Place Like Home funds, a $750,000 federal Home Loan Affordable Housing Program grant and a $3 million mortgage. The city of San Diego is waiving $1.2 million in development impact fees.

A similar project developed by National CORE was recognized with awards from the San Diego Housing Federation last week.

The federation’s Ruby award recognizes excellence in affordable housing and community development, and awards in the supportive housing and environmental categories were presented to National CORE’s San Ysidro Senior Village.

The project includes 50 affordable rental homes for formerly homeless seniors. The San Diego Housing Commission provided 50 housing vouchers to help residents pay rent at San Ysidro Senior Village and provided a $760,000 loan toward developing the project.

The developer also has created housing throughout the county and has a few project in the works in North County. Most recently, the Oceanside City Council approved a $3.5 million loan to develop the Greenbrier Village Apartments, planned for a vacant lot just east of Interstate 5 on Greenbrier Drive between Apple Street and Oceanside Boulevard. The apartment will include 50 units for homeless people, with 29 set aside for non-elderly adults with disabilities and three for youths transitioning out of foster care. Other units will be for extremely low-income families and individuals at risk of becoming homeless.

Its other Oceanside projects are 150 homes at Mission Cove, 80 homes at La Mission Village and 36 homes at Cape Code Senior Apartments.

In Escondido, National CORE is developing the 50-unit Valley Senior Village permanent supportive housing project, and in San Marcos it is rebuilding and expanding the affordable housing project Vilas Serena.

Countywide, National CORE has developed 1,308 units in 20 housing communities and plans to construct 224 more next year.