Abode Services, Santa Clara Celebrate Calabazas Housing Development

December 17th, 2019

Abode Services recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Calabazas Community Apartments, an affordable housing development that will rehouse individuals who have experienced homelessness in Santa Clara County. 

The public event was held from from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 16, at 2904 Corvin Drive in Santa Clara.

We sincerely thank the City of Santa Clara, the County of Santa Clara, Destination: Home, Cisco, Capital One, Enterprise, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, and the Santa Clara County Housing Authority — with whom Abode Services partnered while developing and preparing this permanent supportive housing site. The John Stewart Company will provide the development’s property management.

Calabazas Community Apartments will feature 145 studio homes in a fully ADA-accessible building on a 1-acre site near Caltrain’s Lawrence Station, Calabazas Creek, and the Lawrence Expressway. Construction began this month at the Santa Clara property, and prospective residents are expected to begin leasing the studio homes by Fall 2021.

"Abode Services has made great strides in its mission to end homelessness through the Calabazas Community Apartments site," said Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor. "This housing development will help rehouse the formerly homeless and bring much-needed affordable housing to Santa Clara."

Calabazas will offer high-quality affordable rental housing that will be integrated into the community, while providing a level of security and amenities that are conducive to successful supportive housing sites. About 80 of Calabazas’ homes will be set aside for individuals experiencing homelessness. Measure A, the affordable housing bond Santa Clara County voters approved in 2016, partially funded the development by contributing nearly $29 million.

"The groundbreaking was about more than simply adding units to our housing stock. It showcases what can take place when stakeholders come together to tackle some of our toughest challenges," said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. "It also highlights what happens when all of our county’s cities step up and become part of that solution. I am proud of the county’s investment in this and similar projects with Measure A funds and I’m thrilled that more than half of these units will go to members of our community currently experiencing homelessness."

On-site amenities will include property management, 24-7 security, laundry, community room, computer lab, and a pet-friendly environment. Abode Services will provide on-site services such as job assistance, financial literacy, computer training, case management, and health education.

"We believe everyone should have a home and our mission is to end homelessness," said Louis Chicoine, Abode Services’ chief executive officer. "And we are proud of the progress we’re making at Calabazas Community Apartments, as the development moves us closer to fulfilling our mission by providing housing and services to the most vulnerable in our communities."

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