Benson Place is the first completed project under Father Joe’s Villages’ Turning the Key initiative, which will create 2,000 affordable housing units for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Ground Floor Design, Inc., transformed Benson Place from a dilapidated motel to a community that uplifts residents by providing 82 units of permanent supportive housing. The gated property features onsite property management, a community room with a kitchen, laundry facilities, and recreation room. The courtyard is thoughtfully designed, it is filled with picnic areas, barbecues, and a beautiful vegetable garden.
According to the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless’ (RTFH) 2020 WeAllCount Report, the annual Point-In-Time Count identified a total of 7,619 individuals in San Diego County experiencing homelessness. Benson Place brings much needed supportive housing to the South Bay area and contributes to the community by renovating an aging motel into a beautiful, fully rehabilitated property.
Muralist Ruth McGraw deserves a huge thank you for designing and painting the mural of hope. The mural inspires all those who see it to remember the importance of fostering hope in our communities.