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Crews break ground on new affordable housing building for homeless

Posted at 11:55 AM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 15:22:42-04

San Diego (KGTV)- A new affordable housing building with studio- style apartments will be coming soon to East Village. The building will be used to house the homeless. City leaders and developers broke ground on the project this morning.

“Every time we get the chance to break ground on another supportive housing opportunity means that we’re going to be able to help dozens of San Diegans who need that supportive services and housing,” says Council Member Chris Ward.

The building will have over 70 units for people who have experienced homelessness. There will be at least a dozen more units for those who earn 50% or less of the median average income in San Diego.

The 7-story building, which includes parking, will have a glass-encased lobby, community room, laundry facilities, and counseling offices.

The project aligns with the mayor’s budget proposal. In the plan, $36.2 million will be used for homeless programs. City leaders say combating this issue is a priority and San Diegans could see more housing, like The Link building, in the future.

“If we can do this one project at a time, we can actually get to the number of units that we need in 2 years to house all of the unsheltered, chronic homeless that we see every day,” says Ward.

Developers hope to have the project done by early 2021.