HUD IX #12-3
February 3, 2012
HUD AND SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR ED LEE JOIN COMMUNITY LEADERS TO ANNOUNCE NEW SF HOUSING FOR CHRONICALLY HOMELESS VETERANS
SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and community leaders today to announce the plans for 75 permanent affordable housing units for homeless veterans and to tour the facility at 150 Otis Street. The announcement took place at the site, constructed in 1916 as the Juvenile Court and Detention Center, and highlighted the joint proposal by Swords to Plowshares and Chinatown Community Development Center to convert the historic building into housing for formerly homeless veterans to be known as the Veterans Commons.
Mayor Ed Lee spoke about the importance of community programs that provide permanent housing for homeless. The 150 Otis Street facility is designated as San Francisco Landmark No. 248. The proposed project involves interior and exterior renovations to the existing historic building to create 75 units of affordable permanent housing for homeless veterans and one manager's unit and support service offices and community space. The Veterans Commons is planned for completion in 2012.
HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez spoke and highlighted the President's plan to help responsible homeowners and heal the housing market. She said that under the President's plan borrowers with standard non Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae insured loans will finally have access to refinancing through a new program run through the FHA. For responsible borrowers, there will be no more barriers and no more excuses.
HUD's HOME funding of $2.5 million leveraged with City and non-profit funding will make up the $34.3 million for the development of the Veterans Commons project. This is more than just brick and mortar construction and development. HUD's Shelter Plus Care program and other service entities will provide the residents with funding for the support services needed for residents. With the frailty of this population in mind, the Veterans Commons project will offer 100 percent accessible or adaptable units. Residents will have onsite amenities that will allow them to age in place, including roll-in showers in each unit and a small clinic on the first floor.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.