Formerly homeless seniors get a fresh start

Talmadge Gateway is home to homeless seniors

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Life got a little better this week for dozens of San Diego seniors who moved into a new apartment after struggling on the streets without a home.

St. Pauls’ Senior Services, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, and the City Heights Community Development Corporation dedicated the Talmadge Gateway Thursday.  The $20.7 million complex houses 59-units reserved for formerly homeless seniors. Rent is only 30% of their monthly income.

“It is awesome,” said St. Paul’s Health and Housing Manager Kim Stratman.  “It is the greatest feeling to see participants be able to move into these apartments.”

By the end of September, all 59 units will be occupied. However, the Talmadge Gateway puts only a small dent in the city’s homeless population.

Stratman said seniors make up one third of San Diego’s 9,000 homeless, which is twice as many homeless seniors as one year ago.

“It just shows that there’s more work for us to do,” she said.

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