Renovation of Victorian Heights

April 1, 2005

Standard Pacific Homes’ Team is Hard at Work on South Bay Shelter

Renovation of South Bay Community Services’ Victorian Heights kicked into high gear as Standard Pacific Homes and a team of thirty trade partners began a major renovation of the 36-bed shelter. The interiors of all eight apartments in the complex were retrofitted with all new bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, electrical upgrades, doors and closets. The exteriors were upgraded with new roofs, decking, windows, landscaping and a fresh coat of paint. A new “Kid’s Clubhouse” was created out of three existing single car garage spaces. The newly redesigned “Kids Clubhouse” features a homework and computer learning center, a play area for younger kids and a family counseling space. New windows and doors were added to bring in natural light from the adjoining courtyard. The $260,000 project was completed in the Spring of 2005.

Victorian Heights is a family reunification program for mothers who have completed substance abuse treatment programs, and who have previously experienced domestic violence and are fulfilling court-ordered family reunification plans. Victorian Heights provides a safe, sober environment where families can focus on restoring relationships and plan for the future. Located in National City, Victorian Heights is a program of South Bay Community Services, a 33-year old multi-service and community development organization whose mission is to provide children, youth and families in the South Bay area with services that reinforce the family’s role in our community and assist individuals to aspire realistically to lives of self-fulfillment. South Bay community Services provides services, support and opportunities for more than 20,000 individuals and families each year.

Gifts in support of the renovation of Victorian Heights were received from Union Bank of California Foundation, The Home Depot and The Parker Foundation. Victorian Heights is the fifth shelter partnership with homebuilders and organizations that serve the homeless that HomeAid San Diego created in the three years since the organization was established as the charitable arm of the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP). The collaboration model used in all of HomeAid’s shelter development projects has resulted in the creation of 42 new and renovated shelter beds donated for San Diego County shelters that serve the temporarily homeless.