Affordable housing for veterans on the way in North County

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

Affordable housing for veterans on the way in North County

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

San Mateo County has taken great strides in recent years to combat the housing crisis by making historic investments in affordable housing projects with Measure K through the Department of Housing and our nonprofit partners. I’m proud to announce that the waiting list for Colma Veterans Village Section 8 project-based voucher program (PBV) runs through March 31.
The Veterans Village is a 66-unit affordable housing community in Colma on Mission Road between Cypress Lawn and Holy Cross cemeteries. All veterans, regardless of discharge status, may apply for the seven PBV units available.
Preference will be given to county residents, homeless, those who lack Veterans Affairs benefits due to discharge status and who are ineligible for HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers. The project is being developed by Mercy Housing, a local leader in building affordable housing projects in the Bay Area.
The seven PBV units available are fully equipped one-bedrooms with a maximum household size of three individuals. The village will have a community garden, dog park and landscaped courtyards. Income limits for the units range from about $51,000 to $66,000 depending on family size.
Veterans residing at the village will also have access to community activities, case management, health and wellness and financial education services.
To apply for the seven PBV units online go to www.mysmchousing.com. Application assistance is available at the Housing Authority, 264 Harbor Blvd., #A, Belmont; Daly City Community Center, 350 90th St., Daly City; and the Pacifica Resource Center, 1809 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica.
The temporary leasing office for Colma Veterans Village is located at 1001 Bayhill Drive, second floor, in San Bruno.
This is an exciting opportunity for veterans who have served our nation in uniform and an incredible example of how the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has taken great strides to add affordable housing units at a time they are so critically needed. Please spread the word if you know a veteran who could benefit from this program.
David J. Canepa is a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5 which includes Brisbane.