Mesa Vista Apartments completes its first phase of construction, bringing 40+ units of affordable, supportive housing to Costa Mesa

Former Motel 6 and Homekey Project wraps up first construction phase

Costa Mesa, Calif., Jan.19, 2024 — Mesa Vista Apartments, a former Motel 6 and Homekey project, has completed its first phase of construction, offering 41 new affordable housing units to Costa Mesa residents earning below 30% and 50% of the area medium income.

Yesterday, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, visited Mesa Vista Apartments and toured the site, commemorating this milestone.

“I want to thank Governor Newsom for being here…and advocating for affordable housing across the state,” said Community Development Partner President, Kyle Paine. “Homelessness is a real crisis. We need strong leaders to push programs forward and think of creative ways to solve the problem, and Homekey is one of those creative solutions.”

The Homekey project is a statewide effort to sustain and rapidly expand housing for individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness, and served as a catalyst for pushing the Mesa Vista project forward.

The first phase of development provides 41 studio units, including 30 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) units, 10 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) units and one manager unit. Project Based VASH Vouchers will accompany the Veteran units, along with case management services provided by the VA. The 10 MHSA units will include case management services provided by the County of Orange. The community is set to welcome its first residents in February.

Mesa Vista goes beyond housing, providing resident services committed to fortifying households through housing support, case management, behavioral health services, economic stability, and community building. These comprehensive programs are delivered in collaboration with project partners Mercy House, OC HCA Mental Health Recovery Services (MHRS), Telecare Home First, and Veteran Affairs (VA).

The renovation included the addition of kitchenettes in all units with a sink, electric range, refrigerator, and microwave, an upgraded heating and ventilation system and updated electrical systems. All units come fully furnished. Shared amenities include a community building, laundry facilities, business center, small dog park, and onsite parking and offices for service providers.

Mesa Vista 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). Furthermore, the County of Orange supplied project-based vouchers for veteran and MHSA units. The City of Costa Mesa provided ARPA, HOME, and Low and Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund (LMIHAF) funding.

The project’s second phase, currently in development, will introduce an additional 48 units.

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More information about the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Homekey program


About Community Development Partners

Founded in 2011, Community Development Partners develops and operates sustainable, life-enhancing affordable housing with a focus on long-term community engagement and innovative design. CDP creates vibrant affordable housing communities that incorporate art, public parks, gardens, fresh food, and cultural and social programming. Today, CDP has successfully built or preserved 51 unique projects comprising over 4,300 units throughout Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.