SAN DIEGO – A new housing community in San Diego plans to offer permanent housing to low-income seniors who have experienced homelessness.
Ivy Senior Apartments in Clairemont, built by the nonprofit Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation, hosted dozens of volunteers Saturday morning to help create 52 apartments for future residents. Company officials said volunteers from St. Paul’s PACE, an all-inclusive care program for the elderly, unpacked soft furnishings in each room and wrote personal notes to residents to welcome them to their new home.
All the soft furnishings, linens, kitchen utensils and bathroom items were provided by Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation and St. Paul’s PACE. The Allgire Foundation also provided welcome sets with toiletries, puzzles, playing cards and non-perishable food.
In an effort to help seniors with chronic health problems who are previously homeless, organization officials say Ivy Senior Apartments will be one of the first supportive housing communities for seniors in the Clairemont neighborhood.
“One of the things we’ve seen over the years is that it’s huge what it really means to the person who moves into a place that is completely designed for them,” said Ken Sauder, President and CEO of Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation. “If you think about it, they’re been homeless, and now they have something that is completely theirs and their own, and they know there are a lot of people around who actually helped create it for them.”
By 2020, one in four people experiencing homelessness in San Diego was 55 years or older, according to one needs assessment report issued in September by Serving Seniors, a local nonprofit organization that serves low-income older adults. The number is expected to increase in the coming years as the Baby Boomer generation ages.
A resident of Talmadge Gateway, one of Wakeland’s other supportive housing communities, spoke about his personal experience of living in one of Wakeland’s supportive housing communities and the impact it had on his life.
“A volunteer donated this, plus put the showroom together so I could live in,” said 75-year-old Bruce Carron. “You learn to be grateful, and what you learn to do is regain your self-esteem and your dignity.”
Ivy Senior Apartments says they plan to accommodate residents from early 2022.
For those interested in supporting seniors who are going to be staying at Ivy Senior Apartments, they are being asked to do so donate here.
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