Affordable-housing complex will be ready for tenants in December
By Anthony King | SDUN Editor
In preparation for the December opening of the energy-efficient, affordable apartment complex Kalos, representatives from Community Housing Works (CHW) announced they were opening an “interest list” for future residents.
The environmentally friendly apartments and community space will include a total of 83 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and will be located at 3795 Florida St. in North Park. CHW broke ground on the project October 19, 2011.
Rents for the apartments will be determined according to household income, and are available to those earning less than 60 percent of the area median income. While subject to change, current rents are set at approximately $740 to $895 for one bedroom apartments; $830 to $1,000 for two bedrooms; and $925 to $1,115 for three bedrooms.
At the groundbreaking, Councilmember Todd Gloria said CHW was leading the way with “innovative energy features,” with a focus on a transit-oriented site that will be affordable for working families, as well as a younger generation and seniors.
In addition to sustainable development, the Kalos complex will incorporate solar thermal hot water and heating, solar electricity, water-wise landscaping and water-saving fixtures in the units. CHW anticipates amenities including extensive bike storage, electric-car charging stations and dedicated parking spaces for car2go vehicles – a city wide car sharing program – will eliminate the need for some residents to own vehicles.
CHW is a 30-year-old nonprofit recognized nationally as a leader in developing sustainable, affordable housing. The organization is San Diego County’s only non-profit realty service provider.
In a June 8 letter to the editor, CHW Senior Vice President Anne Wilson said there was a need for more developments like Kalos, citing a San Diego Foundation survey that found affordable housing the “second-most pressing concern” for County residents.
“Affordable housing also complements other state priorities, like education,” Wilson wrote. “Students whose families move constantly require more attention, [and] distract teachers and classmates alike.”
For families, CHW will offer an after-school program at Kalos that “supports and recognizes the academic efforts and achievements” of students, providing tutoring, homework assistance and computer instruction, a press release stated. Additionally, they will also offer programs to adults to aid in career advancement.
In order to be considered, interested individuals can contact CHW at kalosapts.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-858-3544.