Project Overview


Leigh Avenue Senior Apartments is transit-oriented infill project located at 1690 Southwest Expressway, where Leigh Avenue and Southeast Expressway intersect. First Community Housing is currently building 64 units of affordable senior apartments over 6,750 square feet of commercial space. All units are reserved for chronically homeless seniors. 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 spaces will be located at the ground level and residential units will be located on the upper floors. Most of the units will have private balconies and all 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 SmartPass providing free bus and light rail throughout Santa Clara County.

Property Management & Supportive Services


The John Stewart Company (JSCo) will provide property management services, and Abode Services will provide intensive case management for the 63 formerly homeless households.


The Leigh Avenue Senior Apartments’ resident service coordination program will provide a wide array of services to its senior residents, most of which are accessed on an as-needed basis. Services will include needs assessment, follow up reassessment, information referral for community and direct services, and social and recreational activities.  


The case management services provided by Abode Services 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.

WAITLIST INFO 2021:  This development is entirely reserved for chronically homeless seniors. The households who are referred for the units will be selected by the County of Santa Clara, and the SCC Housing Authority. If you are homeless or are looking for supportive housing, please work with your case manager to inquire about housing. Construction for this project is expected to be completed in early summer 2021.


Location: 1690 Southwest Expressway, San Jose, CA 95126