Community Working Group and Eden Housing joined forces to develop 801 Alma Family Housing to provide affordable homes for very low-income working families in our community.
801 Alma provides 50 much-needed affordable apartments for very low-income workers such as child care and senior care providers, medical assistants and grocery store clerks, who earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the median income for the area, which equates to approximately $21,000-$52,000 annually for a family of four. Managed by Eden Housing, the apartment homes will remain affordable for at least 55 years.
Designed for families
Located in downtown Palo Alto at the corner of Homer Avenue and Alma Street, 801 Alma is only two blocks away from the downtown multi-modal transit station and is situated within easy walking distance of groceries, parks, schools, stores, medical services and other downtown amenities.
The facility, which was designed by award-winning architect Rob Quigley, has 16 three-bedroom apartments, 26 two-bedroom apartments, and 8 one-bedroom apartments. The building features garden courts filled with tall bamboo plants, bringing natural light to all rooms in the apartments while providing privacy between homes.
801 Alma offers generous common spaces, including a lobby, a community room, a computer classroom, management offices, bike storage areas, a laundry room with an outdoor deck, a spacious outdoor courtyard with space for families to gather, and a children’s play area.
An elevator serves all floors, including an underground garage. The building also has street-level guest parking.
On-site services and enrichment
Eden Housing Resident Services, Inc. (EHRSI) provides a range of supportive services and enrichment programs designed to meet the needs of the diverse resident population of 801 Alma. EHRSI’s resident services coordinators are on-site to offer important information and referral services and to implement key programs, including: youth summer and after-school activities, an innovative computer-assisted learning program, a scholarship program for eligible resident families, financial literacy training, and community-building activities.
In addition, Eden Housing offers its exemplary Digital Connectors Technology and Leadership Program that trains young people between the ages of 14 and 20 in the areas of technology instruction, tech support and solutions, video production, entrepreneurship and youth leadership development.