How can I support this project?
We'd love your support in a community advisory group or help as a volunteer to support ongoing events, project planning, and resource development. Contact us here for how you can get involved. We also know letters of support for inclusive development are important! Please share your support for The Kelsey Ayer Station with the City Council.
Who's developing this project?
This project is being developed by The Kelsey (a fiscally sponsored nonprofit) with development support from Sares Regis Group of Northern California (a local real estate development company). We have additional support from many partners in design, finance, housing policy, disability services, planning, and community development. While we focus on market-driven solutions and sustainable financing that doesn’t require ongoing fundraising or subsidy, none of our capital sources are making market returns on this project.
Who is the target population?
The Kelsey Ayer Station is a mixed ability, mixed income community. 89 homes will be affordable. Those will be income restricted across a range of incomes from extremely low income (20% Area Median Income (AMI)), affordable (60% AMI), and moderate (80% AMI), alongside market rate housing. Across all incomes there are homes reserved for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who receive supportive services from the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC). We do take a cross-disability approach so in addition to the units target for SARC clients with I/DD we anticipate people with other disabilities may also live in the community as well, across all income levels. As of May 5th, 2019 our tenant mix includes 26 market-rate units, 33 units for individuals earning 80% AMI, 34 units for individuals earning 60% AMI, and 20 units for those earning 20% AMI. 28 units are reserved for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Our focus on inclusion makes this community ideal for individuals who value diversity and desire to live in a community where neighbors can connect with and support each other. Our transit-oriented location is targeted at individuals who can walk or bike downtown or commute on VTA light rail or Caltrain to other cities in the region. Ayer light rail is 500 feet away. We're a 20 minute walk to Diridon station, surrounded by ample bus routes, near local bike and car sharing, and a short walk to Downton San Jose.
What do you mean by inclusion?
For The Kelsey, inclusion means a mix of housing for people with and without disabilities. Design and housing experiences are the same quality for people, regardless of ability, and there is thoughtful effort to foster interaction, understanding, and connection across people of different abilities and backgrounds.
Will there be a public or commercial space in the community?
Our building program will include a community kitchen and lounge which will be open to the community during, and promote an active street front. Our live-in Inclusion Concierges will work with the community to create programs appealing both to our residents and neighbors.
How do residents get around?
The Development accommodates 18 parking spaces and 68 bicycle spots. With a Walk Score of 77, Transit Score of 71, and Bike Score of 89, this development is designed to create a walkable, transit-oriented, and bicycle-friendly community. We continue to be committed to transportation demand management strategies that support car-free living and reduce automobile impact on the neighborhood and the environment.
What are your plans for supportive services?
Almost all of our residents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) will receive some supports and services through the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC)’s network of providers. Individual types of services and specific providers will vary. We’re already working with local providers and advocates to create service plans, design units and programs, and ensure all residents with I/DD have the supports and services they need to thrive at The Kelsey. In addition, some residents may access supportive services funded by other city, county, and state agencies.
Two Inclusion Concierges are built into the operating expenses of The Kelsey Ayer Station. These full-time employees help build community for our residents of all abilities, as well as connect them to outside supports and services. The Inclusion Concierges live on-site and help residents navigate their neighborhood, engage with their city, connect to programs and activities, and build community among residents of all abilities. The Kelsey Ayer Station operating budget not only includes salaries for two Inclusion Concierges, but also provides for a community fund for regular inclusive programming.