Hayward, CA

Micro-apartments for unhoused Hayward residents breaks ground

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(HAYWARD, Calif.) The city of Hayward, in conjunction with Abode Services, broke ground on micro-apartments designated to help unhoused residents.

The development, which is comprised of over a hundred, 300 square-foot apartments, will cost a total of $45 million. The city put up $6 million for the project, according to the East Bay Times.

The rest of the money is coming from the state's Multifamily Housing Project funds, county funds through Measure A1 and an undisclosed private construction loan. In 2016, Alameda County voters approved Measure A1, an affordable housing bond.

Construction on the Depot Community Apartments at 2595 Depot Road began in November of last year, following approval by the city in 2018.

Each apartment has a full kitchen and ADA-accessible bathroom and are reportedly designed for one or two residents.

The lot was formerly occupied by an old Victorian home, built in 1900 by Hermann Jasper Mohr, that had fallen into disrepair over the past few years.

Rent will be priced at roughly 30% of residents' income which could range from $300 to $1,400. Construction of the 125 units is slated to finish in summer 2023.

According to Jon White, Abode's chief real estate officer, ongoing rain caused an earlier delay that made underground work challenging.

Roughly half of the expected residents will be chosen through the county's Coordinated Entry System, which selects tenants based on their income, health conditions, disability status and housing situation. The rest will be picked by a lottery.

“The units are a little bit on the small side, but we put a lot of effort into making them very livable and a place that people want to call home,” White said.

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