Fifty-nine seniors are no longer homeless thanks to the partnership between St. Paul’s Senior Services, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, and the City Heights Community Development Corporation. In the summer of 2017, their collaborate efforts culminated with the grand opening of Talmadge Gateway. It was the first 100 percent permanent supportive housing community in San Diego, a $20.7 million complex exclusively for formerly homeless seniors with medical needs that require ongoing support. St. Paul’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provides the comprehensive medical services that help the residents thrive.
Ricky Lopez was the first resident to move into the new complex. “When I first moved in, I cried for several days, and now I can’t stop smiling. I wake up every day thinking, this is mine,” he rejoiced.
Local philanthropists attended the grand opening event on July 27, 2017. Several of the residents welcomed attendees into their homes to see first-hand the difference that the supportive housing project is making in their lives.
“We believe that seniors in our community have no business living on the street,” Carol Hubbard, Executive Director of Home and Community Based Services for St. Paul’s Senior Services said to the event attendees. “Did you know that close to 30 percent of the homeless living on the street in San Diego are seniors? We’re making an impact, but we have a lot more work to do.”
St. Paul’s PACE continues to find ways to assist medically frail, low-income seniors. Talmadge Gateway is the third housing complex of its kind that St. Paul’s Senior Services has helped to create.
To See if You Qualify:
If you or someone you know is currently homeless in the City of San Diego and age 55 or older click here to see a flyer with additional details about this community and the qualifications. You can also contact St. Paul’s PACE program at (619) 677-3800 and speak to an enrollment specialist.
If you are currently homeless but do not believe you qualify, click here for a flyer with additional resources. You can also call 2-1-1 for a list of open emergency shelters.