The Berkeley community celebrated the construction start of the Hope Center and Berkeley Way Apartments at a virtual groundbreaking on July 7, 2020. The developments are a partnership between Berkeley Food & Housing Project and BRIDGE Housing.
Located in the heart of downtown Berkeley, the site includes two side-by-side developments: BRIDGE’s Berkeley Way Apartments with 89 affordable homes and services for low- and very low- income families; and the Hope Center, with 53 permanent supportive housing apartments, a 32-bed homeless shelter, 12 transitional beds for homeless veterans, a community kitchen and wrap-around services for mental health, substance abuse, job training and social activities.
Financial partners for both developments include the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Housing Authority, Alameda County, California Department of Housing and Community Development, National Equity Fund, Merritt Community Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, and donations from members of the Berkeley community. Additional funding for the Hope Center is being provided by Citi Community Development/LISC-NEF’s Bring Them Homes initiative. Additional financial partners for Berkeley Way Apartments include PGIM, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.
The architect is Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, and the general contractor is Nibbi Brothers General Contractors.