HomeAid San Diego and Interfaith Community Services formed an alliance to renovate an existing apartment complex in Oceanside, California to provide transitional housing for up to 72 veterans. Oceanside, California is home to the 125,000 acre Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corp’s largest West Coast base. The average daytime population of Camp Pendleton is 60,000 and over 38,000 family members of military personnel live on base. Camp Pendleton alone accounts for over 2% of all jobs in San Diego County.
While living in the transitional housing, the veterans will complete a comprehensive program designed to advance each individual’s medical, psychological, social, relationship and job skills needs leading to independence, self-sufficiency and a successful reentry to mainstream society.
The unit renovations were largely cosmetic in nature, including safety enhancements. The enhancements were:
19 units – new kitchen cabinets, appliances, garbage disposals and fire extinguishers
19 units – new bathroom sinks and vanities, low flush toilets and some will require new shower/tub combos.
19 units – installation of GFI outlets, replacement of water heater tanks with instant water heaters, smoke detectors in each bedroom and kitchen/living room area (55 total), new door hardware, new window blinds and painting and general cosmetic repairs
5 units – retrofitted exhaust fans
2 units – upgraded to fully ADA compliant and accessible.
In addition, general project repairs were performed:
Exterior minor repair and painting, minor plumbing repairs in approximately 20 locations, repair of some roof flashing and rain gutters, new signage and lighting for walkways.
The project was dedicated on July 15, 2008. Competitive Edge Construction provided an onsite construction superintendent and local congregations and marine personnel donated their skills and time to complete the project. HomeAid San Diego obtained $35,000 of in-kind donations.