Jul 23, 2018

First Permanent Supportive Housing for the Homeless in Downtown San Jose


The ground has long since been broken at the Downtown San Jose site on North 2nd Street near St. James Park, where today City and County officials, nonprofit leaders, affordable housing advocates, and real estate executives gathered to celebrate the construction of a first-of-its-kind project many years in the making.

What makes this particular project so significant is that it will be the first-ever permanent supportive housing for the homeless in Downtown San Jose—and only the second of its kind in the City as a whole—which is currently suffering its own housing crisis much like the rest of the Bay Area. San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez was a featured speaker at today's construction celebration. "Affordable housing and homelessness is the biggest problem facing the Bay Area," says Peralez, "we know the solution, and it's developments like this."

The project is called Villas on the Park. Currently in its fourth month of construction, the foundation and ground floor concrete are already complete, and it's about ready for the concrete podium to be poured above the ground floor. The project will eventually reach six stories, housing 84 studio apartments, a parking garage, rooftop deck, and finished with a gorgeous modern façade and landscape design. "This is far from a typical homeless shelter," says construction project manager Steve Carlquist, with Brown Construction, "it will be a beautiful building the whole team can be proud of."

The project, which is developed by San Diego-based Affirmed Housing, has partnered with the non-profit PATH, to provide wraparound on-site services for the 84 formerly homeless individuals who will live at Villas on the Park. Those services include basic needs such as clothing, food, and hygiene items; empowerment training such as cooking classes and finance workshops; and transportation to appointments and job interviews. The goal is to bring people off the streets and empower them so that they can eventually move on to an affordable apartment of their own and break the cycle of homelessness.

In his remarks, Jim Silverwood of Affirmed Housing acknowledged Brown Construction as the general contractor on the project. "I am pleased to report that to date they are right on schedule, so we're certainly pleased with their progress," said Silverwood, thanking the Brown Construction team.

"Brown Construction is proud to be part of the team that brings Villas on the Park to life," says Brown Construction president & CEO Ron Brown. "To leave this community with an asset as great and as vital as this is, well, it's why we do what we do."

General contractor: Brown Construction, Inc.
Architect: Dahlin Group
Civil engineer: BKF Engineers
Structural engineer: DCI Engineers
Mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineers: Emerald City Engineers
Landscape architect: JETT Landscape Architecture + Design