May 16, 2003

Affordable Housing Units Available For Low-Income Seniors

San Diego’s only low-income housing project developed exclusively for seniors is now accepting applications for move-in this summer.

Construction for the much-anticipated 200-unit Market Square Manor - located on 14th Street and Market in downtown and administered by Senior Community Centers - is set to be complete by July 2003. Applicants must be 62 years or older and make less than $20,115 per year. Monthly rent is below market rate, with half of the units available for less than $423 per month.

“For many of these seniors, Market Square Manor could be the first time they’ve had a decent and stable place to live in years,” said Paul Downey, president and CEO of Senior Community Centers.” Many people don’t realize that there is an increasing number of senior citizens ending up homeless because they cannot afford rising rents.”

Market Square Manor is the only low-income housing complex in San Diego with features geared toward seniors, including on-site nurses and social workers, handicap-accessible rooms, a dining hall, computer room, laundry, library and recreation facilities. Each room comes equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, dresser, closet, twin bed, nightstand, table, lamp, chair, private bathroom and shower. The park-setting complex offers residents a courtyard or street view.

There is no application deadline, but units are rapidly being filled. Seniors interested in applying for housing at Market Square Manor can obtain more information by calling 619/595-4056 or visiting the leasing office at 1429 Market St.

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