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Villa de Vida ‘dream’ becomes reality

Ground was broken Tuesday on the site of what in about 16 months will become the Villa de Vida apartment complex housing 53 adults with special needs.

“I can’t wait for the day when...


County commits $4.75M to Villa de Vida

A non-profit’s effort to build apartments for the developmentally disabled in Poway has received a boost in the form of a $4.75 million loan from San Diego County.


Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in San Diego County Plans to Break Ground

Villa de Vida, an approved 54-unit residential project for adults with developmental disabilities, is scheduled to break ground mid year in Poway, a city north of San Diego County, California and t...


Poway's heart opens for special affordable housing project

The irony is pretty rich. Poway, the City in the Country that in 2016 turned a cold NIMBY shoulder on affordable Habitat for Humanity homes for veterans, is bear-hugging low-income housing for developmentally disabled adults. After a public fall from grace, the...

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Villa De Vida Celebrates Milestone at LALSRM

On Saturday, January 6, 2018 Villa de Vida returned to LALSRM to celebrate four years of non-profit incorporation and accomplishment. Villa de Vida, founded by LALSRM member Ted Merchant…


The Need for Special-Needs Housing in SD

The number of adults with developmental disabilities is increasing at a much greater rate than the general population, accelerating the demand for this type of housing, Villa de Vida’s Hunter Christian tells


Villa de Vida Offers Hope and Housing for Disabled

For Pasadena-based nonprofit Villa de Vida and families of those with developmental disorders, hope that springs eternal really can come true. It began as a question posed by a group of concerned ...


County Allots Funds For Affordable Poway Housing Units

High rental prices and low vacancy rates have made it extremely difficult for many San Diegans to find affordable places to live. To help address the need, the County Board of Supervisors...


City of Poway Approves Agreement with Villa de Vida and Mercy Housing to Develop Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Villa de Vida, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build supportive housing for adults with developmental disabilities, today announced that the City of Poway has approved...


Poway site eyed for special needs apartments

The City of Poway and two non-profits have entered into negotiations that could result in the development of a 54-unit apartment complex designed to accommodate adults with developmental disabilities. The City Council earlier this month unanimously...


Villa de Vida Announces Plan to Develop Special Needs Housing in San Diego County

Villa de Vida, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build supportive housing for adults with developmental disabilities, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive negotiating r...


Thoughts from Dr. Joe: A bold idea forms over sandwiches

The culmination of great ideas is often serendipitous. Sometimes creation occurs in quiet ways, such as ideas written on a paper napkin in a café. Such was the case for Ted and Betsy Merchant, Ash...