Half Moon Bay Welcomes New Affordable Housing for Seniors

County and city leaders celebrate the new Half Moon Village. Phase 1 includes 45 apartments for seniors.

Grand Opening for Phase 1 and Groundbreaking for Phase 2 of Half Moon Village, a development of MidPen Housing and part of an Innovative Senior Campus

June 2, 2014 — Half Moon Bay, CA — Today San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, Half Moon Bay Mayor John Muller and other City and County leaders will celebrate the Grand Opening for Phase 1 and the Groundbreaking for Phase 2 of Half Moon Village, an affordable rental apartment community being developed by MidPen Housing Corporation. Site tours begin at 2:00pm and the ceremony begins at 2:30pm at 801 Arnold Way in Half Moon Bay, CA. A reception will follow.

Half Moon Village is a response to the tremendous need for affordable housing for seniors in San Mateo County which tied for the most expensive housing market in the nation this year. Phase 1 provides 45 new apartment homes which were recently occupied. Phase 2, expected to open in summer 2015, will provide an additional 115 new homes on an adjacent parcel. The two parcels will eventually connect through a tree-lined pedestrian walkway and together will include several community gardens and a bocce ball court. Residents from each site will also enjoy a fitness center, a computer lab and community rooms for social activities and gatherings.

Half Moon Village is part the County of San Mateo’s longtime vision to create an innovative 10-acre Senior Campus where seniors will live, socialize and have easy access to services and community resources. The goal is to create a continuum of care to address the high cost of living and health care on the coast for seniors on a fixed income.

“After years of envisioning, planning and working closely with the City of Half Moon Bay, MidPen Housing and other local non-profit and business leaders, I’m excited to celebrate the completion of the first phase of Half Moon Village, an integral component of our Senior Campus,” said Don Horsely, District 3 Supervisor for San Mateo County. “Today we also celebrate what can be accomplished when civic and business leaders work together in truly creative and innovative ways.”

The former community of Half Moon Village, which provided 60 homes originally built in 1964, had been owned and operated by the San Mateo County Housing Authority. The County also owned the adjacent vacant parcels of land. As they considered what to do with this underutilized site and nearly 50 year old housing in need of repair, the vision for a Senior Campus was born. Upon completion, the campus will provide a total of 264 affordable rental homes within three distinct housing communities that include:

• Half Moon Village – 160 affordable apartment homes owned and being developed by MidPen Housing
• Coastside Senior Housing – 40 affordable apartment homes being developed by Mercy Housing California and Lesley Senior Communities which also includes the new facilities of Senior Coastsiders and the Coastside Adult Day Health Center
• Lesley Gardens – 64 existing affordable rental homes developed by MidPen Housing in 2004 which is now owned and operated by Lesley Senior Communities.

County and city leaders gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for Half Moon Village Phase 2: 115 apartments for seniors.

“Housing in Half Moon Bay has become increasingly more difficult for our valued senior residents to afford,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor John Muller. “So we are thrilled to be opening Half Moon Village which will ultimately provide 160 senior households with a beautiful home they can afford in a way that maintains the neighborly essence that our residents love about life in Half Moon Bay.”

“MidPen is proud to be a partner in building this service-enriched, affordable housing campus for low-income seniors,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “We believe that this community will become a model for housing our state’s fast growing population of seniors – to help them maintain a high quality of life and successfully age in place in a cost effective way.”

Located just steps from downtown Half Moon Bay, Half Moon Village is in close proximity to many amenities and community services including a public library, supermarket, and pharmacy. With two samTrans bus lines within 1,500 feet of their apartments, senior residents have easy access to downtown as well as many other parts of the Bay Area.

Half Moon Village residents also have access to the adjacent Coastside Adult Day Health Center and community center managed by Senior Coastsiders – both of which provide a range of health care services and other supportive programs. MidPen Resident Services Corporation will offer additional onsite services. MidPen Property Management will provide professional onsite property management.

Once Phase 2 is completed, Half Moon Village will provide 149 one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom apartments for seniors earning between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income which for households with one or two people is between $23,250 and $53,160.

Financing for the $56.6 Million community was provided by San Mateo County Department of Housing, the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Union Bank and Wells Fargo. Herman Coliver Locus Architecture is the architect and Segue Construction, Inc. is the contractor.