Archways Santa Ana


Goal: Provide much needed, amenity-rich affordable housing to large families and supportive, integrated housing for homeless adults, families, and transition-aged youth.

Located in Santa Ana, CA, Archways Santa Ana is comprised of 85 units of affordable housing reserved for individuals and families earning 30%-60% of the area median income (AMI). The project has been specifically designed to meet the housing needs of large families and supportive, integrated housing needs for individuals and families experiencing mental illness and homelessness. Nearly 75% of the total unit count is reserved for extremely low-income households earning 30% or below AMI, a large portion of which are permanent supportive housing (PSH) units. The project will include a mix of unit types, from one- to four-bedroom homes. The three- and four-bedroom units are designated for large families, while the one- and two-bedroom units are designated as PSH for those experiencing homelessness. Site amenities include a community room for events and classes, outdoor children’s play structure, outdoor picnic and BBQ areas, walking paths, and community garden beds.

The project is conveniently located along Westminster Avenue, a main E/W route, and Fairview Street, a main N/S route. Both have regular OCTA bus service with stops less than 400 ft. from the project site—Route 560 along Westminster Avenue and Route 47 on Fairview. The project is within one mile of two stops on the future OC Streetcar (Westminster/Harbor and Fairview/Civic Center). It is near a variety of amenities, including retail, groceries, a pharmacy, the Santa Ana River Trail and Riverview Park, and educational and civic facilities.

Archways Santa Ana is being developed in partnership with Mercy House, who will also provide resident services, including adult education, health and wellness, and skill-building classes. Wrap-around case management services will be provided through Orange County’s Health Care Agency.


Funding for Archways Santa Ana is supported by bonds, a 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) allocation with equity investment by R4 Capital, a Section 8 HAP contract for 26 project-based vouchers administered through the City of Santa Ana Housing Authority in addition to funds from the City of Santa Ana, Orange County Housing Finance Trust (OCHFT) funds, State of California’s NPLH program for permanent supportive housing, and the County of Orange Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds. Construction financing is being provided by Umpqua Bank and permanent financing is provided by Citibank.

  • Number of units: 85
  • Lot size: 2.12 acres
  • Density: 40.1 DU/acres
  • Unit size: 1BD-4BD
  • Unit mix: 23 1BD (23 - 30% PSH); 4 2BD (3 - 30%, 1 manager unit); 34 3BD (32 - 30%; 49 - 60%); 9 4BD (9 - 60%)
  • Parking Spaces: 140
  • Affordability: 30%-60% AMI
  • Sustainability: LEED Silver
  • Total Cost: $51.5M
  • Nonprofit Partner: Mercy House
  • Architect: Architecture Design Collaborative (ADC)
  • Contractor: Walton Construction
  • Property Management: FPI Management
  • Resident Services: Mercy House, Orange County Health Care Agency


CDP is proud to partner with these organizations, who are critical team members that share our mission of enhancing quality of life for the communities in which we work.

Mercy House

Mercy House was founded by Father Jerome T. Karcher with a vison to serve the local homeless and at-risk communities. Since beginning services in 1990, Mercy House has grown from a single transitional housing program to a complete system of care designed to span the spectrum of services. These range from outreach and homeless prevention programs to emergency shelters and permanent housing, which incorporates both Housing First projects serving chronically homeless populations and affordable housing serving very low to low-income populations. On an annual basis, Mercy House programs and services touch the lives of over 7,000 adults and children across Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, and Kern Counties in California as well as Maricopa County, Arizona. Our growth over our 30-year tenure has been tied to clarity of vision and purpose, always bearing in mind our ultimate goal: to end the homelessness of all who enter our unique system of care.

Orange County Health Care Agency

The Health Care Agency is a regional provider, that’s ultimate client is the entire County population. The HCA is charged with protecting and promoting the health and safety of the community as a whole through the coordination of public and private sector resources. Many of HCA’s services are preventive in nature, and include services such as food protection, hazardous waste regulation, water quality monitoring and pollution prevention, mental health services, alcohol and drug abuse services, preventive health services for the aging, healthcare for incarcerated individuals, communicable disease control, child health and disability program, immunizations, public health field nursing, and public health clinics.