Willow Housing is a new 60-unit affordable housing development located on the VA’s Palo Alto Health Care System Campus in Menlo Park, California. Designed to serve homeless or at-risk veterans with incomes between 30-40 percent of Area Median Income, the development consists of 54 studio, five one-bedroom and one two-bedroom (manager’s unit) residences. In addition, 35 VASH project-based vouchers were awarded to make the residences more affordable.
The furnished apartments include a bed, dresser, kitchen table and chairs, closet, full-sized kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and disposal, with most of them having a patio or balcony. Amenities consist of a community room, business center, TV lounge, fitness area, bike storage, laundry facilities and limited access entry with security cameras as well as on-site management. Walking paths, picnic and BBQ space and a community garden make up the outdoor features.
Besides an array of medical and mental health services offered by the Menlo Park VA campus, HomeFirst, a provider of services, shelter and housing to the homeless in Santa Clara County, provides case management and educational, health and wellness classes among many other programs, all free to residents.
The Core Companies, the project sponsor, has been developing housing since 1989 in the San Francisco South Bay region. National Equity Fund provided $12.8 million of LIHTC equity in Willow Housing.