An affordable housing complex with 30 units for low-income veterans is headed to San Bernardino after the Planning Commission unanimously approved the project on Tuesday, Jan.11.
Los Angeles-based USVETS, a longtime resource for military veterans and their families, plans to secure funding this year and begin construction in 2023.
The three-story facility is located on an undeveloped site at 1351 N. E St.
USVETS opened a complex similar to the March Air Reserve base near the Moreno Valley in March 2018.
A month later, the association got the green light to build a campus in San Bernardino, but funding issues and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic ultimately doomed the $ 8.1 million project planned for the 17th Street.
The development approved on Tuesday will feature fencing, entry gates and cameras to ensure site security, Kent Trimble, a USVETS representative, told the Planning Commission.
An on-site manager will take care of maintenance issues.
Several commissioners described the project as “wonderful”.
A second San Bernardino site could be proposed for approval once the E Street complex opens, Trimble said.
Veteran households with incomes below 61% of the median San Bernardino County average income will be eligible for residency. There will be 21 one-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units, in addition to an office space that will also serve as a common space.
Residents will have access to social services such as case management, crisis intervention, career development, job training, emergency food and clothing, and life skills workshops. Each household should be assigned a case manager.
Potential tenants will be screened so that they will be able to support themselves and maintain their financial responsibilities through the job, according to a staff report prepared for Tuesday’s meeting.
No overnight or temporary accommodation will be provided.