Step Up on Colorado
Step Up on Colorado LP's Kaufmann Apartments at Step Up on Colorado located in Santa Monica, CA is a ground-up Type-V affordable housing project intended for the psychosocial rehabilitation and support of the homeless affected by severe and persistent mental illness. The project totals 19,677 square feet throughout one structure with five levels above grade. It includes 32 permanent supportive housing and two manager units.
Designed around the concept of a Healing Tree, a large sycamore tree welcomes residents and provides a focus for a semi-circle of organically curving balconies carved out of the front of the building. The ground level features management and life skills offices and a gated garage while the remaining floors consist of living quarters, a common lounge with kitchen, a library and laundry facilities. Each 275 square foot unit includes built-ins, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Communal balconies, graced with filtered light from the sycamore, provide highly social gathering areas for the residents, and connect to the project’s other common spaces. A landscaped outdoor patio area on the second floor to give residents a place to enjoy the ocean breeze. The conveniently located Expo Line provides easy access to public transportation.
The facility is owned and operated by Step Up on Colorado, LP, a partnership between Step Up on Second and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, both 501(c)3 organizations. Sources for construction and permanent financing include tax credit equity, a traditional construction loan, additional financing from the City of Santa Monica and financing from the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) through the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.
This project is LEED Gold Certified. Sustainable features include ENERGY STAR Rated appliances and fixtures, solar thermal hot water system, the installation of a cool roof, recycled content flooring, FSC certified exterior wood finishes, daylighting strategies, use of a recycled water irrigation system and new efficient electrical and mechanical systems. The rehabilitation improved the building’s existing energy efficiency by at least 24.8%.