Tabora Gardens Senior Apartments is one of the first communities in the state to provide permanent, affordable housing for veterans with assistance from the HCD Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program.
Antioch, CA — On Wednesday, June 6, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) will celebrate the Grand Opening of Tabora Gardens Senior Apartments – 85 affordable homes for veterans, seniors, and people with special needs. 33 homes will be set-aside for veterans, 12 of which will be formerly chronically homeless.
Tabora Gardens Senior Apartments provides a solution to a growing need for affordable housing for California’s veterans, and is part of Contra Costa County’s Zero:2016 campaign to end veteran homelessness. According to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, California is home to nearly 1.8 million veterans, the largest veteran population in the nation. More than 15,500 California veterans experience homelessness on a given night, representing nearly 25 percent of the nation’s homeless veterans.
To qualify for housing at Tabora Gardens, new residents must have an income at or below 50% of the area median.
SAHA will provide a range of services to help residents thrive including a full-time Resident Services Coordinator, community programs and twice weekly bus transportation to recreational, shopping and medical destinations including the VA Outpatient Clinic in Martinez. Veterans at Tabora Gardens will be supported by specialized on-site case management through SHELTER, Inc., a nonprofit organization working to prevent and end homelessness with veterans and other low-income people since 1986. Choice in Aging, the region’s California Community Transitions (CCT) provider, will provide intensive independent living support to residents returning to independent living from skilled nursing or who are at high risk of institutionalization.
According to SAHA Executive Director Susan Friedland, “SAHA is proud to partner with the City of Antioch, Contra Costa County and others to address veteran homelessness in our state. Tabora Gardens will not only provide the high quality, affordable housing veterans deserve, but the access to programs and services tailored to meet their specific needs. This combination of housing and services has been proven to help break the cycle of homelessness.”
Amenities include a community room with kitchen, an activity room with five computer stations, and an exercise room. The community room opens to the central garden, with a meandering path, several seating areas, and wheelchair accessible vegetable planters in a sunny spot.
Ten percent of the units are fully handicap accessible (twice the legal UFAS requirement,) and the remainder adaptable. The building includes a comprehensive array of sustainable building features including a cool roof, thick insulation, Energy STAR rated appliances, heat pump HVAC, photovoltaics, and solar hot water heating that reduces the amount of fuel needed to heat water by about 50%. Living rooms have ceiling fans to reduce the need to run the air conditioning in summer, and heat in winter. The building exceeds Title 24 State energy code by 22% due to the collective impact of these and other features.
Funding comes from the City of Antioch, Contra Costa County, Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa, HCD Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program, HCD Multifamily Housing Program, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc., California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Wells Fargo Bank, HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance, HUD Continuum of Care, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
“Projects like Tabora Gardens are vital to ensuring that vulnerable members of our community, including many veterans, receive the services and support they need to stabilize their lives. We are proud to be a part of it,” said Lavonna Martin, Contra Costa Health Services’ Director of Health, Housing and Homeless Services.
Tabora Gardens Senior Apartments is designed by Pyatok Architects and built by Sunseri Construction, Inc.
About Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
At Satellite Affordable Housing Associates we believe everyone deserves a home. Everyday we work to provide high-quality affordable homes and support services that empower people and strengthen communities. SAHA’s 60 innovative properties provide more than 3,000 homes to low-