San Diego

1,600 on Waitlist for New Affordable Apartment Homes

The developer told NBC 7 there were 1,600 families on the waitlist for Ouchi Courtyards.

Hundreds of people are on the waiting list for a new complex of apartments targeting low-income families in San Diego.

Ouchi Courtyards opened Tuesday in the Lincoln Park community. The complex offers 45 units at 5003 Imperial Avenue, near Euclid.

Rent for low-income families is $462 - $1,000 depending on the size of the unit.

Seven units are reserved for tenants with developmental disabilities.

There is also a community room, computer lab, laundry and playground at the complex.

The developer told NBC 7 there were 1,600 families on the waitlist.

Linda Hermanson lives in a mobile home and can’t access all areas of the home because of her wheelchair.

Getting into the complex will mean she won’t have to relocate to an assisted living facility.

Hermanson is one of the people who will be moving into the complex this weekend.

She’ll be sharing a unit with a roommate.

“The rent here is going to be about $250 which is very affordable,” she said. “There aren’t that many affordable places, especially affordable-accessible places.”

Funding for the $20 million project was through the city and Civic San Diego along with the developer Chelsea Investment Corporation.

Council President Myrtle Cole says it took years to complete the project.

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