Affordable Housing for Adults With Developmental Disabilities Breaks Ground

54 affordable, supportive homes in Poway

Mercy Housing Logo2.jpg
vdv-Logo-1050x600.png
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday May 29, 2019

www.villadevida.org

Poway, CA – What happens to adults with developmental disabilities under the care of aging parents? Mayor Steve Vaus, joined with Mercy Housing California (MHC), Villa de Vida, Inc. and local community leaders in responding to this growing demand for permanent housing in the ground-breaking ceremony of Villa de Vida Poway in Poway, CA.

These 54 affordable homes will provide adults with developmental disabilities (DD), able to live independently, with service-enriched accommodations, crucial to promoting their well-being and self-sufficiency. Residents can choose to participate in educational, health and wellness, personal finance, community enrichment and other skill building classes, as well as assistance with finding employment and transportation coordination. 

“Villa de Vida’s vision is to build a home of life and love, where adults with developmental disabilities would feel safe, live a meaningful and whole life, and have human connections,” said organization Chairman Dr. Ted Merchant.

As family caregivers age, or become unable to care for their relatives, there is a critical shortage of appropriate housing offering these necessary supportive services.  Residents of Villa de Vida Poway, located off Pomerado Road near the Poway Promenade and other amenities, will pay no more than 30% of their income in rent.

Adults with disabilities limitations vary, some having substantial challenges with self-care, learning, mobility, and economic stability. In California, there are between 338,000 and 629,000 DD individuals, (depending on whether you use the State or Federal definition) with over 80% in the care of family according to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities – scdd.ca.gov.

Mayor Steve Vaus captured the purpose of this project when he said “Poway has always had a unique bond with, and embraced, the special needs community. So, to finally be able to break ground for Villa de Vida, where adults with developmental disabilities will be able to live independently in a safe environment, is a dream come true.”

Financing for the development includes funding from the City of Poway, Poway Housing Authority, County of San Diego, Wells Fargo Bank, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, along with corporate and individual donations.

About Mercy Housing California

Mercy Housing California (MHC) is the largest regional office of Mercy Housing, Inc. (MHI), a leading national affordable housing nonprofit.  MHC’s mission is to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing, financing, and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors, and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities., serving lower-income families, seniors, and people who have experienced homelessness. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, MHC has developed over 10,000 affordable homes across California.  To learn more about MHC, please visit www.mercyhousing.org/california.

About Villa de Vida, Inc.

Villa de Vida is a non-profit corporation committed to enabling adults with special needs to live as independently as possible by building residential communities with support programs that meet the needs of each resident: to have a safe place to live, to establish a healthy lifestyle and to build meaningful relationships.  

Villa de Vida was founded in response to the growing demand for permanent housing for adults with developmental disabilities, of which the majority are under the care of aging parents.  Villa de Vida is committed to the values of graciousness, inclusion, and respect and expects those values to permeate all we do.

Nick Macchione, Director & Deputy Chief Admin Officer, Health and Human Services Agency; Mark Niles, SVP, CA Community Reinvestment Corp; Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County of San Diego, District 2; Steve Vaus, Mayor, City of Poway; Ted Merchant, Chairman of the Board, Villa de Vida, Inc.; Lori Saito, VP, Wells Fargo Bank ;  Ed Holder, VP, Mercy Housing CA, shoveling in the ceremonial dirt.

Nick Macchione, Director & Deputy Chief Admin Officer, Health and Human Services Agency; Mark Niles, SVP, CA Community Reinvestment Corp; Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County of San Diego, District 2; Steve Vaus, Mayor, City of Poway; Ted Merchant, Chairman of the Board, Villa de Vida, Inc.; Lori Saito, VP, Wells Fargo Bank; Ed Holder, VP, Mercy Housing CA, shoveling in the ceremonial dirt.

Hunter Christian, Executive Director, Villa de Vida, Inc., greeting groundbreaking ceremony guests.

Hunter Christian, Executive Director, Villa de Vida, Inc., greeting groundbreaking ceremony guests.

Felipe Murillo, Housing Program Analyst, Housing and Community Development Services County of SD Health and Human Services Agency; David Estrella, Director, Office of Integrative Services County of SD Health & Human Services Agency; Ed Holder, VP, Mercy Housing CA preparing to address the groundbreaking ceremony crowd.

Felipe Murillo, Housing Program Analyst, Housing and Community Development Services County of SD Health and Human Services Agency; David Estrella, Director, Office of Integrative Services County of SD Health & Human Services Agency; Ed Holder, VP, Mercy Housing CA preparing to address the groundbreaking ceremony crowd.

MJComment