One of the biggest challenges for Solutions is having sufficient affordable housing for those ready to enter the New Solutions phase of the program.
A big step in the right direction will be taken starting in May as the first of two buildings at our Primrose Apartments development opens.
Located at 2240-2260 Primrose in Vista, the housing was acquired and refurbished using $3.4 million in HOME funds awarded to Solutions for Change from the County of San Diego Housing and Community Development as well as $1.1 million in private funding from Clearinghouse CDFI. HOME funds originate from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and are provided to communities to develop affordable housing for working families.
“This is a great example of how a public/private partnership can deliver permanent solutions to tough social problems like family homelessness,” said Solutions CEO and President Chris Megison. “HUD’s funding through the county is an investment that allows us to more effectively rebuild lives alongside our civic, corporate and church partners, all of whom are heavily invested in the Finding Our Way plan to solve family homelessness.”
The 22 units are being completely refurbished, with new windows, cabinets, bathroom vanities, floors, countertops and appliances. The second building will have the refurbishing process completed sometime in July, and there will be an official ribbon cutting and opening party in August.
A family park—Primrose Park—is being planned for a large green area in the central court between the two buildings. The park will include a playground, family picnic area, raised wooden cabana decks, and a relaxing shaded meditation area.