New affordable housing opens in Live Oak


Named after a flower that symbolizes rebirth, the Lotus Apartments in Live Oak recently opened as an affordable housing for vulnerable populations. Of its 12 one-bedroom units, five are home to people with a history of mental illness, three for young adults transitioning out of the foster care system, one for someone who was chronically homeless and the rest is affordable housing. “I think that this really is an effort to ensure that the most vulnerable people have the opportunity to live with dignity and respect,” said Monica Martinez, CEO of Encompass Community Services, which hosted an open house for the complex Wednesday.

“We know that housing stock is a major issue in Santa Cruz County for all people, especially those who are low income. Tenants pay a rent based on their income using a federal subsidy equation. Encompass Community Services purchased the previously dilapidated property in the fall of 2013 for $3.5 million, with financial support from Santa Cruz County and the state. Construction wrapped up last month. “This is a model of supportive housing each resident will have case management support to make sure that they are able to remain stably housed,” Martinez said. Lotus Apartments What: New affordable housing for vulnerable population, offering case management support Where: 1926 Brommer Street in Live Oak Type: 12 one-bedroom units Photo by Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel Read the Sentinel article here: