LEIGH AVENUE SENIOR APARTMENTS
Leigh Avenue Senior Apartments is transit-oriented infill project located at 1030 Leigh Avenue, where Leigh Avenue and Southeast Expressway intersect. First Community Housing is currently building 64 units of affordable senior apartments over 7,000+ square feet of commercial space. All units are reserved for chronically homeless seniors, including some units reserved for seniors requiring in-home supportive services. There will be one two-bedroom manager’s unit.
The project will be four stories, with a first floor concrete podium and 3 stories of wood frame construction above. Parking and commercial space will be located at the ground level and residential units will be located on the upper floors. All of the units will have private balconies and are served by elevators. Common areas will include the Property Manager, Social Service Coordinator, and Case Manager’s offices, centralized laundry facility, multiple community rooms and lounge areas, a large outdoor community courtyard at the podium level, community gardens and living roof, and computer lab.
As with other FCH new construction projects, the building will be designed to achieve LEED Platinum designation. In addition, Leigh Ave. Senior Apartments will be a pilot project for the Healthy Building Network’s HomeFree Initiative, whose goal is to improve the health of residents in affordable housing through the use of less toxic building materials. The project is located within 1,550 feet of a light rail station and all households will receive a free, annual Eco Pass providing free bus and light rail throughout Santa Clara County.
Similar to FCH’s Gish Apartments, where FCH partnered with a commercial development partner, the commercial space will be subdivided and sold as a condominium. Potential uses for the space include dental or medical offices.
Property Management & Supportive Services
Christian Church Homes (CCH) will provide supportive service coordination at Leigh Avenue Senior Apartments, with Abode Services providing intensive case management for the 20 formerly homeless households and the County of Santa Clara providing in-home services for 23 units.
CCH’s service coordination program provides a wide array of supportive, education, advocacy, and crisis intervention services to its senior residents, most of which are accessed on an as-needed basis. Through a proactive and early preventive approach, Service Coordinators are often able to empower senior residents to take charge of maintaining their independence. Services include needs assessment, follow up reassessment, information referral for community and direct services, and social and recreational activities. CCH’s Service Coordinators organize supportive services for more than 5,600 senior residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds each month. Each contact is made in response to the needs of an individual senior resident, and assessment and referrals are always made with sensitivity to the personal wishes and cultural background of the individual resident.
The case management services provided by Abode will adhere to the best practices for a permanent supportive housing community, including Housing First and Harm Reduction, and will foster residents’ housing stability and wellness. Services will include housing retention services; clinical case management; benefits advocacy and income support assistance; money management; nutritional counseling; community building; and assistance in obtaining other resources and support for residents such as child care, transportation, job training and job placement. Abode Services has more than 25 years of experience in offering supportive services to homeless and formerly homeless households.
First Community Housing submitted a PD Permit application and began community outreach for Leigh Ave Senior Apartments in late 2007/early 2008. Prior to the first community meeting, staff had one-on-one meetings with community leaders. FCH then held two publicly noticed community meetings in 2008 regarding the PD permit. In 2016, FCH held a third meeting to provide the community with a project update and inform them that 20 units would be reserved for formerly homeless seniors. The information was well-received by the community and no issues were raised.
Location: 1030 Leigh Ave, San Jose, CA 95126