Chinatown CDC and Swords to Plowshares, a nationally-recognized, community-based veterans' advocacy organization, partnered to develop the city-owned historic building at 150 Otis Street into permanent, affordable rental housing with on-site supportive services for homeless veterans. The project provides housing to 75 U.S. veterans, and was completed in October of 2012.
Veterans Commons accommodates veterans in studio apartments, each with a private bath and kitchen.
On-site supportive services including case management, mental health counseling, drug dependency, and employment programs are provided by the City’s Human Services Agency, the Veterans Administration, and Swords to Plowshares. The services are designed to build community and stabilize the health and housing status of the veterans residing at Veterans Commons.
Population: At-risk homeless or homeless veterans Square Footage: 42,000 Unit Type: Studio Resident Services: Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco Veterans Administration, City of San Francisco
Chinatown CDC Role: Developer, Owner, Manager Funding Sources: CTCAC, Historic Tax Credits, Mayor's Office of Housing, SF Redevelopment Agency, Wells Fargo Bank, FHLB AHP Contractor: Cahill Contractors Architect: Gelfand Partners Construction Type: Adaptive Reuse Development Cost: $33m