Latest news from RCD – Summer 2023

Celebrating New Construction!

This spring, we celebrated the Groundbreaking of two new 100% affordable housing developments in the Bay Area! A link to: Madrone Terrace in Ashland and A link to: Nellie Hannon Gateway in Emeryville will create 169 new apartments for more than 300 future residents.

Both developments include community-serving commercial space that grew from deep partnerships with local organizations. In addition to low-income housing, Madrone Terrace will create a new recreation and daycare center owned and operated by Hayward Area Recreation and Park Department (HARD) and Nellie Hannon Gateway will have expanded facilities for the Emeryville Citizen Assistance Program (ECAP), a local food assistance nonprofit.

By building mixed-use developments, we can provide affordable, stable spaces for locally-owned businesses and community-serving nonprofits. We are able to maximize the community impact of our developments by including thoughtfully designed spaces for organizations like ECAP and HARD.

We can’t wait for these buildings to be completed and to welcome residents into their new homes by 2025. In the meantime, we are busy at work with six developments in construction and almost 700 more apartments in our pipeline. Let’s keep up the good work and keep building!

RCD and supporters celebrate the groundbreaking of Nellie Hannon Gateway in Emeryville

Madrone Groundbreaking

We also celebrated the groundbreaking of Madrone Terrace

You’re Invited to Our Annual Event!

Join us for a fun evening of celebration with colleagues and supporters at our annual event, Sparking Connections: In Bloom! 

We will be celebrating our 2023 Irwin Mussen Resident Scholarship awardees and honoring our partners that provide support services to our most vulnerable residents:  A link to: Abode Services A link to: Hope Solutions, and  A link to: LifeLong Medical Care.

Barbara’s New Home

Barbara at Victory Village

Barbara enjoys her new home at Victory Village

“It’s a new world for a lot of older people. I was married twice, have owned two homes, and raised three adult children that are all giving back to society – all college graduates with honors. I am very proud of them. But I never expected this. I figured I would still be with my husband. Sometimes it just happens that it’s over. My last divorce was in 2011 and that’s when it began,”  says Barbara, a new resident of A link to: Victory Village in Fairfax.

Less than 6 months later, she seriously injured herself at work. She wound up losing her job and unfortunately had to wait a long time for her workers compensation claim to resolve so she could get the surgery needed to repair it.

Over the past several years, she’s found a variety of work and living situations – including doing home renovations and in-home elder care, but none of them lasted more than a year or so. In between, she’d stay at a motel. She receives social security but found it incredibly challenging to find a stable place to live on her very limited income.

“I was living day to day. I really was. And I was so ashamed about the way it had fallen,” Barbara says. “It was really hard to be proud of who I want to be as a mom.”

Victory Village Courtyard
The community garden at Victory Village

Then earlier this year, she got the call she’d been waiting three years for – an apartment at Victory Village was available! She moved in on April 4th and settled in quickly. You’ll often find her busy in the community garden or volunteering to co-host the resident gatherings in the community room. She has a part-time job at Costco that she enjoys and her smile radiates joy. After struggling for over a decade, Barbara has truly found a new home and community.  

“Shaun, our Resident Services Coordinator, has really been a godsend. When I first moved in, she helped me get furniture. She is incredibly patient, and really goes above and beyond to foster connections among residents and support everyone who lives here,”  Barbara adds. 

Murals Finished at Quetzal Gardens!

We’re celebrating the completion of two beautiful murals at Quetzal Gardens! We worked with A link to: Local Color SJ, San Jose artist Elba Raquel and  A link to: SGPA Architecture and Planning to create these colorful murals that compliment and enhance this 100% affordable housing community.

Elba describes her inspiration behind the piece: “Flying without constraint and in harmony with each other, the quetzal bird represents freedom and unity, like the hearts of our East Side San Jose residents. In constant motion and communication, dancing or working, the colorful ESSJ community continues to uplift each other, beyond boundaries, to achieve unexpected heights.”

Quetzal Gardens continues to be a testament to how beautiful affordable housing can be, especially when the vibrancy of a community is able to shine through!

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