Abode Services Opens 60-Unit Fremont Housing Project for Homeless People

Abode Services, Fremont, Alameda, City Center Apartments, Mayers Architecture, Chase

City Center Apartments is rehousing formerly homeless people in 60-unit, green-certified development.

FREMONT — Abode Services is set to join local stakeholders and partners to celebrate the grand opening of City Center Apartments, an affordable housing community that has begun rehousing individuals who have experienced homelessness in Alameda County.

Former Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan will emcee the public ceremony that will run from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 38631 Fremont Blvd. 

The grand opening’s other scheduled speakers will include Abode Services CEO Louis Chicoine; Fremont Mayor Lily Mei; James Vossoughi, Executive Director, Community Development Banking at Chase; Heather Hood, Vice President and Market Leader at Enterprise Community Partners; and Clifford Snead, a City Center Apartments resident.

City Center Apartments is a supportive housing development that has transformed a Fremont used-car lot into 60 units of green and modern affordable housing.

Photo courtesy of Larry Mayer

Larry Mayers of Mayers Architecture designed the development, which features 30 studio homes, 29 one-bedroom units, and a 2-bedroom apartment in a fully ADA-accessible building on a 1-acre property. Three-quarters of the apartments are reserved for people experiencing homelessness, with nearly 30 units set aside for veterans. In addition, residents have access to on-site property management and social services offices, bike parking, storage areas, computer lab, and laundry facilities.

The new housing community has received a Platinum rating and been certified as GreenPoint Rated, the state’s most trusted certification for recognizing green homes built according to proven environmental standards. 

As Abode developed and prepared this permanent supportive housing site, it partnered with the City of Fremont, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Enterprise Community Partners, Chase, Home Depot Foundation, Sisters of the Holy Family, Robson Homes, Alameda County Housing and Community Development, California Housing and Community Development, and Housing Authority of the County of Alameda. 

“This is an exciting time for the Fremont community, celebrating the opening of City Center Apartments to serve the formerly homeless, as well as formerly homeless veterans, which will help make a lasting impact on their lives,” said James Vossoughi, Executive Director, Community Development Banking at Chase. “This is why we work with industry leaders like Abode Services, bringing affordable housing to communities that need it most.” 

City Center Apartments is one of several permanent supportive housing sites that Abode has developed to address the Bay Area’s housing crisis and help formerly homeless individuals and families gain housing and keep it. 

“Developments like City Center Apartments become communities where people can thrive and develop new, meaningful lives,” said Abode Services CEO Louis Chicoine. “The people we partner with to end homelessness deserve to be respected in their process to put their lives back together. This is a housing community that will allow for that, helping around 60 individuals have a safe place to go and transform themselves.”

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