October 22, 2017

Berkeley to dedicate affordable senior housing development

PUBLISHED: October 22, 2017 at 7:16 a.m. | UPDATED: October 23, 2017 at 6:18 a.m.

BERKELEY — A new affordable housing complex for seniors will be dedicated on Oct. 24.

Officials will dedicate 42 new affordable, transit-friendly apartments for low-income seniors in Berkeley. on Oct. 24
By CHRIS TREADWAY | Bay Area News Group

Harper Crossing at 3132 Martin Luther King Jr. Way is a complex of 42 one-bedroom units, developed by Satellite Affordable Housing Associates for seniors 62 and older whose household income is at or below 30 to 60 percent of the area median.

Satellite officials said the nonprofit developer worked with the city to give priority to current Berkeley residents while complying with federal fair housing requirements.

“More than 700 seniors applied for the 42 homes through a lottery system, and more than half of our new residents are Berkeley seniors, said SAHA Executive Director Susan Friedland in a statement. “Harper Crossing is a great example of how investing in affordable and supportive housing can preserve existing communities.”

The development is a block from the Ashby BART station. SAHA will manage the apartments and offer onsite services such as adult education, health and wellness, and skill building classes.

The development, which is designed to be energy-efficient, includes a ground floor community living area with three computers for resident use, shared laundry and an outdoor landscaped courtyard.

The dedication program starts at 10:30 a.m. with comments by Mayor Jesse Arreguin and development partners. A ribbon-cutting and apartment tours will follow.

Parking for the dedication program is limited and organizers recommend using public transit.