Seniors 55 and older take the next step on their journey to a permanent home through St. Mary’s Center’s 41 units of transitional housing and comprehensive services. Our three locations are Closer to Home, opened in 2008; Presentation House, 2015; and Friendly Manor, 2016.
Program participants have individual rooms, and share bathrooms, kitchens, and common areas. Monthly program fees are reduced significantly by the Moving to Work operating subsidy offered through the Oakland Housing Authority. Transitional housing offers an opportunity to be sheltered while actively seeking housing, securing documentation, and preparing for independent living.
Every Senior is connected with a Case Manager, Housing Navigation and other supports. Weekly House Meetings and individual work with Case Managers support the Senior’s individualized plan to become and remain housed.
St. Mary’s Center is partnering with Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) to develop 3135 San Pablo Avenue with affordable housing for seniors, including seniors experiencing homelessness.
With the neighborhood’s help to inform priorities, SAHA and St. Mary’s Center aims to respect the historical significance of the neighborhood, while also increasing housing access to those in need. Both partners are committed to a robust community engagement process to think through how the finished building will relate to its context and can best serve the neighborhood around it.
We envision the new development will include approximately 75 apartment homes as well as ground-level retail/commercial use. The development will contribute to improved pedestrian safety, security, and beautification of the neighborhood.