A state-of-the-art senior living facility opened May 18 in Fremont, Calif. to serve low-income seniors in Alameda County’s Tri-City area.
Eden Housing’s Cottonwood Place, an ecofriendly complex, consists of nearly a hundred one- and two-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors. The adjacent On Lok Lifeways Peralta Center is a 9,000 square-foot clinic and day center space.
Twenty-five percent of Cottonwood apartments, all on the ground floor, are intended for “frail” seniors to allow them easy access to the adjacent Peralta Center.
The Peralta Center is On Lok’s second one in Fremont, and one of a dozen around the Bay Area.
The residence features a community room and central courtyard where seniors can garden and interact with one another.
Seniors who wish to live at the apartments must have an annual income that is at or below 40 to 50 percent of the county’s median income, or between $25,320 and $31,650. Residents must pay 30 percent of their income to live at Cottonwood.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 18.1 percent of Fremont’s population is ethnically Indian, and around ten percent is over the age of 65.
"As we celebrate our 40th year of providing quality healthcare and support services to Bay Area seniors, (given) that the number of seniors continues to increase, it’s exciting to expand our service network to an additional center in Fremont," said On Lok CEO Robert Edmondson.
The dual facilities were created as a result of a partnership between Eden, On Lok, and the city of Fremont.
“The city of Fremont remains committed to increasing the options for quality affordable housing for those who need it most,” said Fremont Mayor Gus Morrison, adding that the project has created new jobs in the city.
The $37.8 million project was financed by multiple government initiatives, such as Proposition 1C, as well organizations and businesses like StopWaste.org and Union Bank.