San Diego, California
The Ivy Senior Apartments is expected to be built and operated in the same model as Talmadge Gateway, located in the neighborhood of Talmadge in San Diego, California.
Talmadge Gateway is San Diego's first 100% supportive housing community designed for seniors who have been homeless and have medical needs that require ongoing support.
ABOUT TALMADGE GATEWAY
Talmadge Gateway was developed in partnership with City Heights Community Development Corporation and opened in July 2017. 60 individuals that were either homeless or at-risk of homelessness have found a community that supports opportunities to gain stability over their lives and well-being.
ST PAUL'S PACE
ON-SITE COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT SERVICE PARTNER
MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT
I've only ever wanted a clean, safe place to live, with a kitchen of my own.
I've come so far.
Talmadge Gateway Resident
Bruce, a Vietnam veteran originally from Cape Cod, was working as a building supervisor in a big upscale building on B Street in downtown San Diego. He loved his job and made a good salary. He could live comfortably and still put some money into his savings every month. He worked hard, cherishing his independence, never drinking or doing drugs, and counted himself fortunate. Until 2014, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
While undergoing cancer treatment, Bruce suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke. He was hospitalized and unable to work, undergoing frequent surgeries and treatments. The savings he’d worked so hard to put away was depleted with astonishing speed. When he was eventually released from the hospital he tried to return to work, but was soon let go. Shortly after, Bruce suffered a heart attack and was re-hospitalized. When he woke up, he found himself alone. Everyone he’d counted as a friend had disappeared.
When he was released from the hospital a second time, it was to the street. Bruce no longer had a home to go to. He had no friends or family on whom he could call. He searched and searched for a place to lease with the little money he had left. He found nothing. He couldn’t afford to rent even the smallest, dingiest apartment. At 67 years old, Bruce was officially homeless.
In February 2017, still homeless, Bruce was again admitted to the hospital, this time with internal bleeding. He was diagnosed with anemia and stabilized, then released back to the street. Leaving the hospital, Bruce passed a resident from his old building on B Street. The two men spent a few minutes catching up. Bruce didn’t tell his friend that he was homeless, but mentioned that he was looking for something to do with his days. The friend recommended Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center as a starting place.
There, Bruce discovered social activities, learning opportunities and – perhaps most importantly – the housing services. Eventually, Bruce was set up with a social worker and had access to medical services, nutritious food and a compassionate team of people who truly cared for his wellbeing.
With his social worker’s help, Bruce was able to leave the street behind, and in mid-2017, he moved into a supportive housing community. He still doesn’t drink or do drugs. He volunteers as an advocate for homeless support programs and affordable housing, and he wants to go back to work. Bruce is justifiably proud of how far he’s come, and radiates gratitude for the team that has helped him get there. With his social worker’s encouragement and steady support, he’s learned to believe in himself again.
“I’ve only ever wanted a clean, safe place to live, with a kitchen of my own,” Bruce said, with a catch in his voice and teary eyes. “I’ve come so far.”
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Talmadge Gateway is a beautiful four-story, L-shaped building designed with extensive common area space, 7,000 square feet of parking (25 parking spaces), and a 500 sq. ft. storefront offering new commercial space. Floors two through four house the residents’ homes.
The streamline modern façade building was designed by Studio E Architects and takes its cue from existing architecture on nearby on El Cajon Blvd.
The seniors who live at Talmadge Gateway participate in a number of fun community events, including weekly potlucks, “armchair exercise” classes, bingo, birthday celebrations, arts and crafts, movie nights and holiday gatherings.