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Connections Housing Anniversary, April 14, 2014
Connections Housing Downtown, the
City of San Diego’s first-ever collaborative venture into the “Housing First”
model for addressing homelessness, is showing remarkable success in its first
year. Nearly 400 formerly homeless individuals who received help in stabilizing
their lives have now moved into permanent supportive or longer-term housing.
The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) supports the year round City-sponsored
public-private collaboration with federal Project-Based Housing Vouchers. These
housing vouchers help fund 89 of the housing units, which are critical in
helping to provide homeless men and women with a place to live as quickly as
possible, the goal of “Housing First.”
More than 600 people attended the March 11 grand opening of Connections Housing Downtown, 1250 Sixth Avenue, which combines 150 interim housing beds and 73 permanent studios with convenient access to multiple supportive services and a community health clinic under one roof.
SDHC has awarded 89 federal housing vouchers to support the permanent residential studios and 16 interim beds for people with special needs. Another 50 housing vouchers will help formerly homeless individuals who have stabilized their lives and are ready to transition out of Connections Housing Downtown find housing in the community while they continue to receive supportive services from PATH (People Assisting the Homeless).
PATH operates the facility and co-developed it with Affirmed Housing Group. SDHC contributed a $2 million loan toward the $38 million cost of renovating the 12-story former site of the historic San Diego Athletic Club to create Connections Housing Downtown.
1122 Broadway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101
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