Private Enterprise

Affirmed Housing - Della Rosa

We recently partnered with Affirmed Housing on a new project which transformed a run-down building into a beautiful, multifamily development for Orange County's chronically homeless and low-income households.

For years, the run-down and vacant commercial building on Beach Boulevard had long been scarred by graffiti and broken windows. Today, the parcel of land is a highly visible multifamily development serving Orange County's chronically homeless and low-income households.

Affirmed Housing partnered with HA Builder, DAHLIN Group Architecture, and G|M Business Interiors to complete this project. The four-building Della Rosa multi-family project repurposed an aging, vacant retail strip that the private market was unable to find value in due to its unusual configuration. The underutilized and challenged property has been transformed into a high-quality, high-design affordable housing project, serving some of the most vulnerable in the community.

The Della Rosa project includes 50 apartment units, with 25 studios designated as supportive housing units servicing chronically homeless individuals, and 25 one- and two-bedroom units. Each residential unit features a fully-equipped kitchen including a microwave, cooktop, and dishwasher, a private bathroom, flooring, carpet, and there is a laundry room in each build. Studios are furnished with a bed, dresser, tables, and chairs. The apartments also feature modern, durable finishes that meet high energy-efficient standards, designed to keep utility costs low.

Della Rosa fosters a holistic environment for the residents by providing a variety of health and wellness services, such as yoga, managing stress, nutrition, anger management, family and social relationships, and exercise. Multiple community-gathering spaces such as a barbecue area, garden, synthetic turf area, and outdoor lounge, encourage a sense of community and belonging.

Della Rosa provides the first permanent supportive housing units in the city. This project was nominated for the 2019 Orange County Business Council's "Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet" Award, under the Real Estate Reuse and Revitalization category. Herman Miller and OFS furniture was used throughout the floorplate.

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