As the unhoused population surges, Greenbrier Village is a model for addressing the needs of a growing population
San Diego, Calif. – National CORE and the San Diego Community Housing Corporation, continue their efforts to mitigate the housing crisis by breaking ground at the new integrated supportive housing community of Greenbrier Village. The community will provide much-needed housing for low-income individuals and individuals who are experiencing or are at-risk of experiencing homelessness. The new site will supply the Oceanside neighborhood with 50 studios, nine one-bedroom apartments and one manager’s unit, at a time when the unsheltered population in the Northern County Coastal has grown by 22% since 2020.
Half a million people in the United States are experiencing homelessness and more than a quarter of that population resides in California. In a biennial headcount conducted by the federal government, the number of individuals without a stable home rose over 173, 000 since 2020, roughly a 15% increase in the state. In San Diego County, the number of people who are unsheltered grew by 10%, most of which was seen in cities in the northern part of the area closest to the coast.
“Greenbrier Village is a prime example of the City and County’s commitment to housing some of the region’s most vulnerable populations. Creating housing units that target very-low and extremely-low income households will contribute to a segment of our housing stock that’s so desperately needed,” said President/CEO of the San Diego Community Housing Corporation, Ted Miyahara. “State Density Bonus Law played a pivotal role in bringing this project to fruition and it’s exciting to be part of a public-private partnership where stakeholders have embraced housing legislature to maximize public benefit. I’m proud to be part of a project that will create lasting change in the lives of people and the surrounding neighborhood.”
Greenbrier Village is an all-ages community dedicated to providing a platform for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to start rebuilding their lives. All the apartment homes at the new property are reserved as integrated supportive housing, proven to lead to an increase in quality of life and permanent housing stability.
“We should be helping those who don’t have the same circumstances as others and giving them a hand up. The Greenbrier Village complex does exactly that, by providing much-needed housing for San Diegans. It’s simply inhumane to allow people to live on the street. As a society – we can do better. I want to thank National CORE and SDCHC for coming together and making this a reality,” said San Diego County Supervisor, Jim Desmond.
The Hope through Housing Foundation is partnering with the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services, Interfaith Community Services, San Ysidro Health and other local service providers to offer high-quality support and case management to help residents maintain stable housing. Services will include care coordination, mental, physical and behavioral health services, employment development and programs focused on social connectedness.
“Housing is just the first step to obtaining stability. The support services that we offer, coupled with high-quality homes, provide tools for our residents to set a foundation to achieve security,” said National CORE President, Michael Ruane. “We want to see people thrive and we want to help them do that by ending the poverty cycle and eliminating their risk of homelessness.”
The once-vacant lot was repurposed into a beautiful space that allows for community cultivation with a center for resident activities, mixed-use space and private offices for case management services in addition to offering many onsite amenities like laundry facilities, a lovely garden and barbecue areas to encourage health and wellness.
The City of Oceanside, the County of San Diego No Place Like Home program, the Hudson Housing Capital and Chase Bank were key players in obtaining the funds for the development and the support services available to residents.
“Oceanside needs more affordable housing to ensure its residents can continue to work, live and prosper in this wonderful community,” said Vice President of Community Development Banking for Chase, Rosalind Ross. “We’re proud to partner with National CORE and the City of Oceanside to bring high-quality, affordable homes to San Diego’s North County where they will provide onsite supportive services and transform the lives of many individuals.”
Committed to building high-quality sustainable communities, National CORE anticipates that Greenbrier Village will receive a LEED for Homes certification at the gold level or better.
“When it comes to ensuring the health and wellbeing of North County residents, the provision of affordable housing coupled with supportive services remains one of the most crucial components,” said the Director of Housing and Community Development Services for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, David Estrella. “With innovative programs like the County of San Diego Innovative Housing Trust Fund and No Place Like Home, we are continuing to bring folks in off the street, to help homeless individuals and families maintain stable housing, and to allow all residents the opportunity to thrive.”
Greenbrier Village is located less than 500 feet from the Crouch Street Sprinter Station along the North County Transit District hybrid rail line which provides residents with increased mobility options through access to Amtrak, Metrolink, BREEZE buses, COASTER trains and San Diego MTS buses. The Sprinter hybrid rail service has 15 stops and runs every 30 minutes, Sunday through Monday connecting Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido.
“I am so very excited about National CORE’s latest affordable housing project in Oceanside, the Greenbrier Village. Always on the cutting edge, this project will include clients with mental health challenges, through its partnership with the county’s “No Place Like Home” program,” Oceanside Mayor, Esther Sanchez said. “With wrap around services and located so close to the Sprinter stop, this project continues National CORE’s and John’s tradition of excellence as reflected by Cape Cod Senior Villas, La Mision and Mission Cove. Thank you so much for investing your funds and expertise in Oceanside, National CORE family!”
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About National CORE
National CORE is one of the largest nonprofit developers in the nation, with a 30-year history of being an innovator in the field. In 2021 National CORE became one of only two affordable housing developers to earn an A+ credit rating from Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. In 2022, National CORE issued $100 million in Series 2022 Social Bonds to accelerate the development of critically needed affordable housing. Serving more than 25,000 residents, National CORE strives to be a launching pad, not a landing pad, for families struggling financially. In 1998 National CORE created the Hope through Housing Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit, whose mission is to end the cycle of generational poverty through resident services that promote educational attainment, economic mobility, and overall wellbeing.
About San Diego Community Housing Corporation
San Diego Community Housing Corporation is a housing and community development organization, recognized for developing, preserving, and maintaining quality housing developments that support individuals, families and neighborhoods, in reaching their fullest potential. Founded in 1994 as a California 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, SDCHC is dedicated to the development of affordable housing that offers a host of resident services designed to assist residents in achieving the goal of upward economic mobility. For more information, please visit www.sdchc.org.
About Hope through Housing
Hope through Housing believes that affordable housing can be a platform for transformational change at the individual and neighborhood level. For more than 20 years, the Hope through Housing Foundation has provided more than 2 million hours of transformational social services helping children and teens achieve success, improving families’ financial well-being, and promoting seniors’ health and wellness. For more information on Hope through Housing, please visit www.hthf.org.
About Chase Bank
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading financial services firm based in the United States of America with operations worldwide. JPMorgan Chase had $3.8 trillion in assets and $288 billion in stockholders’ equity as of September 30, 2022. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. Under the J.P. Morga and Chase brands, the Firm serves millions of customers in the US and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients globally. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.