Affirmed Housing Opens San Diego Supportive Housing Community

The 86-unit project broke ground in April 2019 as part of the San Diego Housing Commission’s homelessness initiative.
The LINK. Image courtesy of Affirmed Housing

Affirmed Housing, together with its development partners, has opened The LINK, an 86-unit permanent supportive housing property in downtown San Diego. The developer broke ground on the project in April 2019, with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE serving as architect and HA Builders as general contractor. The community is part of Housing First, the San Diego Housing Commission’s homelessness action plan. Other partners include Civic San Diego and Bank of America, provider of more than $48 million in construction debt and low-income housing tax credit equity.

The LINK came online at 707 17th St. in East Village, on the 11,318-square-foot former site of an abandoned warehouse. The seven-story building houses studios of approximately 300-400 square feet each. Of the total, 72 units cater to people who have experienced homelessness, while the remainder are reserved to households earning at or below 50 percent of the area’s median income. Amenities include a community room and laundry facilities. Additionally, People Assisting the Homeless provides on-site resident services focusing on physical health, mental health and budgeting.

The property is 1 mile from the city center, adjacent to Interstate 5. The location is easily accessible through public transportation and there are two medical centers within walking distance.

In December, Affirmed Housing opened two other San Diego affordable communities totaling 160 units. Catering to formerly homeless residents, low-income households and individuals with special needs, the properties are adjacent to each other in the Grantville neighborhood.