Victorian Heights

The eight-unit apartment complex in National City is home to 36 women and children, who without housing and support services would otherwise be homeless. Victorian Heights provides a unique blend of services for mothers who have experienced domestic violence, successfully completed substance abuse recovery programs and are now enrolled in court-ordered family reunification programs. The newly renovated apartments provide a setting where families can focus on rebuilding relationships and plan for the future. Each apartment was outfitted with new kitchen cabinets, appliances, flooring, bathroom upgrades and furnishings throughout. On the exterior, all of the units received a fresh coat of paint and new roof. A new kid’s clubhouse was created out of an existing garage space. The kid’s clubhouse features a homework and computer learning center, play area for younger kids and family counseling space.

Service Providers

“I think one of the most powerful examples was our new client who moved in without having any furniture or belongings. Her daughter and she only had clothes. When she moved in she called me and was crying. She couldn’t believe how blessed her daughter and she were. She has spent the last year trying to get her life back together and having a hone of her own is something she hasn’t had since her abusive husband and she split almost two years ago. Now her daughter and she have their own rooms versus sleeping on someone’s couch. Before HomeAid and Standard Pacific teamed up on Victorian Heights, families received donations and used items to create their home. Now families have a new home with new furniture to start a new life. This is something to feel good about.”
– Katie Ray-Jones, Director Family Wellness and Sell-Sufficiency, South Bay Community Services

“We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful experience of working with HomeAid. Victorian Heights is a major accomplishment and would not have been done with your support.”
– Stymie Ohlson, Director of Development, South Bay Community Services

“Standard Pacific’s commitment is an extreme example of community involvement. Not only does it reflect their dedication but it has also created a remarkable, new environment for our residents to call home and realize their potential in. SBCS now proudly owns a showcase, apartment complex and National City directly benefits as one of its city blocks has been greatly improved.
– Kathryn Lembo, Executive Director, South Bay Community Services

“Well, to be honest, I was anxious to see what wonders had been done to this place where rats had wined an dined at one point in time, and at the same time I was a bit scared to leave Chula Vista and to move to National City. I was amazed and full of joy because everything was so beautiful and well coordinated. Sometimes in life we can only wonder on how it must be to have a place this nice for ourselves and our children, but it stays only as a dream that most likely won’t come true due to many obstacles that life gives us. But today I can actually say that my children and I have been fortunate enough to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity to say, ‘This is my home, come on in and make yourself comfortable’ and receive nothing but positive comments on how nice it looks. I’m forever going to be thankful to everyone who participated in this project and South Bay Community Services for giving me a chance to live in such a wonderful apartment. There are no words that can describe my appreciation, but only one action – to keep this apartment as it was given to me out of respect to everyone whose money and time will forever be appreciated.”
– Resident of Victorian Heights

“HomeAid San Diego is grateful to Standard Pacific and the 39 trade partners who rebuilt Victorian Heights. We are proud to partner with South Bay Community Services whose staff tirelessly provides care and support to those in our community most in need. It is inspiring to experience the generosity of the building industry in supporting HomeAid projects and the dedication and passion of our non-profit care provider partners.”
– Mark Read, Senior Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis San Diego Region

Details

Population Served:Women with children affected by domestic violence
Builder Captain:Standard Pacific Homes, San Diego Division
Service ProviderSouth Bay Community Services
Beds:38
In-Kind Value:$698,588
Total Project Value$748,588
Groundbreaking:September 17, 2004
Dedication:July 12, 2006

Trade Partners