Santa Fe Community Housing Trust’s award-winning Village Sage apartments, completed in 2011, offer affordable, well-designed housing and stabilization services for low-income/special needs residents of Santa Fe.
The rental community features 60 energy efficient units and integrates private backyards and balconies, semi-private patios, and shared courtyards. Dedicated open space, 1.75 acres, is located adjacent to the community house and accommodates nature trails, active recreation areas, demonstration gardens, and various types of public gatherings.
Design: Attractive multi-use community space for tenant services and activities; Large central recreation area and several play areas; Nearly 1/3 of the property is preserved in open space and trails; Green building methods and materials.
Social services: On-site management; On-site resident service coordinator with extended case management through New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness and a network of outside providers; On-site educational classes; Resident organization for mutual support; Social services plan draws from successful Renaissance model of mixed-income housing pioneered by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Location: Walking distance to all levels of public schools, public library, Zona del Sol (a neighborhood youth center consortium); Excellent access to public transit, I-25 and the Rail Runner Commuter Train.
Special Needs: 25% of the development (15 apartments) is reserved for six homeless individuals and 9 homeless families. Formerly homeless households can access a menu of services to meet their needs and will be encouraged to improve their lives and move up the economic ladder.
Pedestrian circulation is central to the design concept with paths and sidewalks connecting to the Tierra Contenta Trail system, public transportation and commercial developments on Paseo del Sol. Primary funding for project construction was procured through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.