Join us in welcoming our newest SAHA residents on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:30 am at the Grand Opening of Tabora Gardens, 85 units of affordable senior and veteran housing. Meet veteran Donna and her partner Pat as they move into their brand new home. The celebration will include remarks from Mayor Sean Wright and County Supervisor Diane Burgis, members of the development team, as well as building tours and refreshments.
Tabora Gardens Senior Apartments provides a solution to a growing need for affordable housing for California’s veterans, and is part of Contra Costa County’s Zero:2016 campaign to end veteran homelessness. According to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, California is home to nearly 1.8 million veterans, the largest veteran population in the nation. Nearly 15,000 California veterans experience homelessness on a given night, representing nearly 26 percent of the nation’s homeless veterans.
SAHA will provide a range of services to help residents thrive including a full-time Resident Services Coordinator, community programs and twice weekly van transportation to recreational, medical and shopping destinations including the VA Outpatient Clinic in Martinez. Veterans at Tabora Gardens will be supported by specialized on-site case management through SHELTER, Inc., a nonprofit organization working to prevent and end homelessness with veterans and other low-income people since 1986.
To qualify for housing at Tabora Gardens, new residents will need an income at or below 50% of the area median, and will need to be at least 55 years of age. Ten percent of the units will be fully handicap accessible (twice the legal UFAS requirement,) and the remainder adaptable.
The building will include a comprehensive array of sustainable building features including a cool roof, thick insulation, Energy STAR rated appliances, heat pump HVAC and solar hot water heating that reduces the amount of fuel needed to heat water by about 50%. Living rooms have ceiling fans to reduce the need to run the air conditioning in summer, and heat in winter. The building exceeds Title 24 State energy code by 22% due to the collective impact of these and other features.
Developer: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
Architect: Pyatok Architects
General Contractor: Sunseri Construction, Inc.
Property Manager: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
Service Providers: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates & SHELTER Inc.
Financing provided by: the City of Antioch, Contra Costa County, Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa, HCD Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program, HCD Multifamily Housing Program, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc., California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Wells Fargo Bank, HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance, HUD Continuum of Care, Local Initiatives Support Corporation.