CDP Begins Work on Affordable Orange County Community

The Santa Ana, Calif., project is a collaboration with Architecture Design Collaborative. Bridging the Aqua will serve the needs of chronically homeless residents.
Bridging the Aqua groundbreaking. Image courtesy of Architecture Design Collaborative
Groundbreaking for Bridging the Aqua. Image courtesy of Architecture Design Collaborative

Community Development Partners and Architecture Design Collaborative have broken ground on Bridging the Aqua, a 57-unit property in Santa Ana, Calif. The project will serve the chronically homeless, including those with mental and physical disabilities.

Located at 317 17th St., on an almost 1-acre lot that was the former site of the Aqua Motel, the community will be close to Interstate 5 and to Santa Ana’s urban core. The permanent housing development is set to include three buildings with studios and one-bedroom units. One of the structures will be dedicated to resident service spaces such as meeting rooms for social workers, office space for service providers and a community room. A series of open walkways are slated to connect the three- and four-story buildings.

Several other affordable housing projects for homeless residents are currently underway in the city. In January, Jamboree Housing Corp. began construction on Santa Ana Veterans Village, a 75-unit community set to provide permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless veterans earning no more than 30 percent of the area’s median income.