First Community Housing

First Community Housing

Japantown Senior Apartments is a 75-unit apartment development to be constructed on a half- acre infill site in the Japantown neighborhood of San Jose. This highly sustainable building will serve low-income seniors earning 30-60% of the area median income. Thirty of the 75 units will be set aside for seniors living with chronic illnesses or developmental disabilities. Supportive services for special needs tenants will be available.

The new building will include five stories of residential units over a first floor comprised of a residential lobby, manager’s office and enclosed parking. The residential units will include 73 one-bedroom units of approximately 600SF each, one studio unit, and a two-bedroom manager’s unit. Each unit will have a private balcony. Common spaces will include a community room, lounge, and laundry facility as well as landscaped outdoor gathering areas.

Like all First Community Housing (FCH) buildings, this senior housing development will incorporate a variety of green building features such as low-VOC finishes, energy efficient appliances and lighting, water conserving fixtures, and low-water use landscaping. These features provide improved indoor air quality and lower utility bills for our tenants as well as improved operational stability. The building is registered for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Midrise program, and LEED Gold certification is anticipated.

FCH will annually provide all tenants with a free VTA Eco Pass for unlimited transportation on all buses and light rail lines throughout the county. A third-party professional survey of the FCH Eco Pass program illustrated that this is an essential service for seniors. The program enables some seniors to get along without a car and save up to $700 annually on transit fares. The Eco Pass will also be a critical benefit for developmentally disabled residents, who do not drive.

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