Surf’s up at Milejo Village    from Jamboree Housing Corp — where our timely nautical theme creates a fresh and welcoming vibe for residents of this transformative affordable and supportive community. We channeled the ocean concept into all of the common areas, including a 1,500-square-foot community center — with a conference room, resident lounge, and counseling offices — plus the lobby, two playrooms and a pet-grooming station.

Permission to come aboard, Captain? Aye, aye!

Located in San Ysidro, a district of San Diego just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, the development features 64 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, for households who earn no more than 30% of the area median income. Twenty-five of the units have been set aside to serve No Place Like Home clients through the county’s Continuum of Care system.

According to Jamboree’s press release: The development is one of the housing solutions being created through Housing First San Diego, a diverse funding and housing strategy that has created thousands of housing solutions in the last six years for San Diegans experiencing homelessness. 

The visionary builder has partnered once again with their long-time associate, Step Up on Second. “We provide supportive housing services for the residents, as well as leveraging some of the great local resources that already exist in the surrounding neighborhood,” explains Tod Lipka, CEO of Step Up on Second.

The site was chosen, in part, because of its proximity to existing community services — including a medical clinic, library, and public transportation within a mile of the residences. It transformed a 1.75-acre lot — previously occupied by two 1930s single-family dwellings —into a three and four-story development with elevator-equipped residential space and a nearly 2,500 square-foot outdoor courtyard. 

Supportive housing is a nationally recognized best practice in permanently ending homelessness. It’s a housing model that’s proven especially effective in stabilizing those experiencing homelessness who are also living with a mental health diagnosis. In fact, according to the 2017 Point in Time count, 39% of San Diego County’s homeless population has a reported mental health diagnosis. 

“Jamboree is committed to providing proven solutions to chronic homelessness,” says Vicky Rodriguez, Jamboree’s Vice President of Housing Development. “We work with local municipalities to creatively leverage scarce local resources that produce high-quality housing opportunities and access to supportive services that allow chronically homeless people to rebuild their lives. Milejo Village has become a physical manifestation of that commitment and creativity.”

JAG Interiors is proud to have contributed our design expertise to a community that is providing the dignity of home to dozens of vulnerable families and individuals!