After months of planning, construction, and targeted client outreach, the $36.6 million Connections Housing project is gearing up to open at 6th Avenue and A Street, in the wake of solving a critical funding obstacle last month. On December 21, the State Department of Finance (DOF) denied $4.3 million in committed funding for the development, slating the funding as a violation of redevelopment dissolution. Fortunately, 10 days later, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced the reversal of the DOF’s decision, and the project was given the “green light to proceed.”
The Connections Housing Project has long been a part of downtown San Diego’s strategy to end homelessness. It will provide 223 affordable housing units, a health center and numerous social services for homeless and low income people. PATH Partners CEO Joel John Roberts gave a presentation to the Downtown Campaign Leadership Team last week on the status of project. Roberts noted that the building’s opening would be phased, with clients moving in by the end of January, and programs scheduled to move in in February. In addition, Downtown Family Health Center inside Connections Housing opened on January 21st and is currently seeing patients. The health center is currently open 20 hours a week and anyone interested in making an appointment for care should call 619-515-2300.
For more information on Connections Housing, visit http://www.sdconnections.org and watch for details about their grand opening event scheduled for March 11 at 10:00 am!