Housing for veterans and the homeless opens in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO — Loro Landing, a new 62-unit affordable housing development near BART, opened this month, with half of the units dedicated to homeless residents and low-income veterans.

“We are delighted that this project has come to fruition and welcome the first wave of Loro Landing residents,” said Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing. “We are proud of this wonderful project that will provide housing for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Eden Housing in Hayward is an apartment developer.

Affordable apartments are available to individuals and families with incomes between 20% and 60% of the median income in the area, or $20,000 to $60,000 annual income for a family of two. In selecting residents, preference was given to people living and/or working in Alameda County.

The location was chosen because it is close to public transportation (it’s two blocks from the San Leandro BART station) and the city center.

This is the second affordable housing development in San Leandro near the BART station; In Marea Alta, which opened in 2017, 115 apartments are rented out to households that account for between 30% and 50% of the average income in the area. The five-story complex at 1400 San Leandro Boulevard was built on a former BART parking lot.

In the second phase of this development, La Vereda, 85 apartments are rented out to senior families earning between 30% and 50% of the average income in the area.

Loro Landing’s new four-story building features studios as well as one and two bedroom apartments. Studios will range from 406 to 497 square feet, one-bedroom apartments from 547 to 578 square feet, and two-bedroom apartments from 717 to 837 square feet. Rent will range from $300 to $1,850 per month.

The complex includes a computer training center, a community room, a laundry room and an outdoor yard where residents can grow fruits and vegetables. Tenants will also have access to several on-site services, including wellness, career, education, and financial literacy programs.

Although the grand opening took place on April 18, residents began moving into the building at 1604 San Leandro Boulevard at the corner of Parrot Street in late February.

Former homeless and veteran renters were selected on the recommendation of Alameda County and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eden Housing held a lottery for the rest of the apartments.

The construction of the complex began in May 2020 and was officially completed last month. Developers have experienced some delays due to workforce and supply chain issues due to the pandemic.

The total project cost was $43.7 million and was partially funded through the Alameda County Housing Authority and the State Department of Housing and Community Development. Some money also came from the city of San Leandro.

Eden Housing has been building affordable housing for 50 years. Some of his other San Leandro properties include Las Palmas at 15369 Tropic Court, Quail Run II at 1511 163rd Ave. and The Surf at 15320 Tropic Court. All of these locations are accepting waitlist applications. Information on how to apply can be found at https://edenhousing.org/find-an-apartment/how-to-apply/.

“This is yet another example of Eden’s ongoing partnership with local governments, organizations and like-minded companies committed to providing much-needed, high-quality affordable housing to every member of our community,” Birgit Johnston, a spokesperson for Eden Housing, said in an email. .