From the San Diego Housing Commission's press release:
The pending construction of more than 400 affordable rental apartments—including 270 units specifically to address homelessness—was celebrated at a groundbreaking ceremony today as a source of hope for the community and the individuals and families who will call the new development home.
“There are two ways we can look at the challenge of the unsheltered. We can have a fear-based culture where we fear it, or we can be inspired by the hope of what is possible with a little bit of support—and that really is what this project is about,” said San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who also serves on the Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors and as Vice Chair of the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
A collaboration among the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), Father Joe’s Villages, Chelsea Investment Corporation and additional partners, the development will be known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta Villa in honor of Mother Teresa. It will include a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments that will remain affordable for 55 years for San Diegans with low income or experiencing homelessness.
“This is going to be a beacon of hope for so many individuals,” San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said. “This is going to be a game-changer on the streets of our downtown and the entire city. It doesn’t happen without everybody coming together.”