At a groundbreaking ceremony held last month, developer Mercy Housing California officially started work on a new permanent supportive housing development catering to formerly homeless veterans in the City of Norwalk.

Located on a vacant lot at Foster Road and San Antonio Drive, the Veteran Villas at San Antonio will consist of a four-story building featuring 60 apartments. All of the residences would be reserved for homeless veterans, and cater to renters earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income.

Location of the Veterans Villas at San AntonioGoogle Street View

TCA Architects is designing the Veterans Villas, which occupy a site at 11950 Foster Road and 13629-13705 San Antonio Drive, and is portrayed in a rendering with stucco exterior that is accented with metal panels. In addition to housing, plans call for a community room, a laundry facility, and a courtyard featuring a barbeque pit, lounge areas, gaming areas, and children's play areas.

Funding for the Veterans Villas includes a $5.8-million allocation awarded in 2020 through the state's Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention program.

According to a June 2022 staff report to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the Norwalk project will offer a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings, with rents ranging from as little as $258 per month to as high as $1,843 per month.

Location of the Veterans Villas at San AntonioGoogle Maps

The total cost of the project, which also includes funding from the City of Norwalk, is estimated at $42.8 million.

Mercy Housing, is one of the region's most prolific developers of affordable and permanent supportive housing. Its other ongoing projects include new developments  in Long Beach, Downtown and Sherman Oaks.

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