COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
Goal: Provide much needed affordable housing with wraparound supportive services for formerly homeless Veterans, individuals at risk of homelessness struggling with mental illness, and very low-income seniors.
Located in Costa Mesa, Motel 6 provides 88 units of permanent affordable housing for households earning below 30% and 50% AMI. The development is a Homekey project, a statewide effort to sustain and rapidly expand housing for individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness. Homekey is an opportunity for state, regional, and local public entities to develop a broad range of housing types and convert them into housing.
Of the available units, 30 are reserved for formerly homeless Veterans, ten for individuals struggling with mental illness and at-risk of homelessness (Mental Health Services Act eligible tenants), and 48 set-aside for very low-income seniors. Project Based VASH Vouchers will accompany the Veteran units, along with case management services provided by the VA. The ten MHSA units will have case management services provided by the County and the 48 units for very low-income seniors will have resident services provided by our non-profit partner, Mercy House Living Centers. In addition, all residents will receive these additional resident services provided by Mercy House.
Units will be upgraded with enlarged bathrooms for accessibility clearances, new fixtures, exhaust fans, toilets, and tub/shower enclosures. New kitchenettes will be added to all units with sinks, cabinetery, solid surface counters, a 2-burner electric range, refrigerator, and microwave. Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring will be installed throughout the unit. All units will be furnished with a full bed, nightstand, lamp, and a table with two chairs. The property will be updated with new exterior façade, paint, landscaping, signage, parcel mailboxes, and a redesigned leasing building with offices for property management and service providers as well as tenant amenity spaces, including a computer/business center, a TV lounge/game room, a small break room for onsite staff, and a new accessible restroom.
Motel 6 will have two phases, the first converting 40 units into permanent supportive housing and the second converting the remaining 48 units. The development is situated on a 1.17-acre site with walkable access to transportation, a grocery store, and a pharmacy.
Motel 6 received Homekey funding administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The County of Orange provided Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds administered through the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Southern California Home Financing Authority (SCHFA) funds, and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). The City of Costa Mesa provided ARPA, HOME, and Low and Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund (LMIHAF) funding.
- Number of units: 88
- Lot size: 1.17 acres
- Density: 75 units/acre
- Unit size: 320 sf
- Unit mix: 87 Studios, 1 2BD
- Parking Spaces: 81
- Affordability: 30%, 50% AMI
- Sustainability: Photo Voltaic solar panels (Phase II)
- Total Cost: $49.2 M (Phase I & II)
- Non-Profit Partner: Mercy House
- Architect: City Fabrick
- Contractor: ICON National
- Property Management: FPI Management
CDP is proud to continue to partner with Mercy House, a nonprofit organization that shares our mission of enhancing the quality of life for the communities in which we work. Mercy House is the lead services provider for Motel 6, delivering high quality supportive services designed to help residents thrive.
Mercy House was founded by Father Jerome T. Karcher with a vision 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. To learn more, please visit: https://www.mercyhouse.net/.