Colma, CA

Colma Veterans Village is an affordable community for formerly homeless veterans developed by Mercy Housing on a site owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which provided a 99-year ground lease for the project. To make this property possible, National Equity Fund (NEF) invested Housing Credit equity in Colma Veterans Village.

With 66 homes for veterans, the three-story building is a 10-minute walk to South San Francisco BART and its surrounding amenities. It addresses a significant gap in the market for supportive housing focused on the needs of aging veterans who have struggled with homelessness.

Though most of the project is new construction, it also includes the preservation of an historic pump building on the site, which was converted into a community building for residents. Other communal spaces include a community garden, dog park, fitness center and landscaped courtyard space.

All of the homes are designated for veterans, with half targeting older, medically complex veterans so they can age in place. Extensive on-site services include a range of nursing care, mental health care, social work, and primary care. All homes are also income and rent-restricted and supported by rental subsidy vouchers from the San Mateo County Housing Authority (SMCHA), so residents only pay 30 percent of their income toward rent.

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Photos and property details compliments of NEF.

Learn more about how the Housing Credit serves veterans here.

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