County adds more supportive housing units for seniors
Last updated 10/8/2021 at 5:26pm
José A. Álvarez
County of San Diego Communications Office
The county and its community partners today celebrated the grand opening of a new affordable housing complex for seniors, including those with chronic physical illnesses and mental health conditions.
Trinity Place, located in the community of Grantville and built at the direction of Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, was designed specifically for formerly unhoused seniors with chronic health issues, so residents will have access to social and medical services that promote health, housing stability and their overall well-being.
Of the 73 apartments, 18 are dedicated permanent supportive housing units serving seniors 55 and older experiencing homelessness and mental health conditions.
These residents will receive County-funded supportive services in addition to permanent housing. Wakeland received more than $2.7 million in loans through the County's Mental Health Services Act Special Needs Housing Program.
Some unique features include:
• Adaptable apartments with bathroom grab bars, large door handles and easy-to-open cabinets
• Curbside pick-up area next to the main lobby for vans to greet tenants, as well as 4 van spaces and an additional pick-up area in the garage
• Apartments specially equipped with ADA features for residents with hearing and vision impairments
• An exercise room to promote fitness for able-bodied residents
Residents at Trinity Place have access to services from four high-quality providers including: PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), St. Paul's PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Community Research Foundation – Senior IMPACT and the Alpha Project Home Finder.
"Permanent supportive housing has repeatedly shown it can reduce the frequent need for behavioral health crisis services and emergency room visits, as well as criminal justice involvement," said Dr. Luke Bergmann, director of Behavioral Health Services at the County Health and Human Services Agency. "Tenants report an increased ability to focus on their recovery, reconnect with loved ones, and are able to pursue educational and employment goals. I'm pleased that Trinity Place adds 18 more units to provide this level of care."
Trinity Place funding partners include the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Wells Fargo, San Diego Housing Commission, Civic San Diego, CalHFA/County of San Diego, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Low Income Investment Fund.
Wakeland works with these providers at other affordable housing communities like Trinity Place as well.
"Completing this property demonstrates Wakeland's commitment to provide affordable homes that help people who are struggling during the current housing crisis," said Ken Sauder, Wakeland's president and CEO. "Trinity Place is unique in that it not only gives these seniors a safe place to live, but also offers wraparound services designed to help them live stable, independent lives."