Located just outside of artsy downtown Santa Ana, The Orchard is one of the Community Development Partners (CDP) adaptive reuse and rehabilitation projects, completed in December 2017 and designed for Santa Ana’s chronically homeless population. This rehabilitated complex is now a 72-unit permanent supportive housing community designed specifically to promote resident engagement in communal activities and long-term case management opportunities.
As Santa Ana’s largest Permanent Supportive Housing project to date, The Orchard consists of studio and one-bedroom units dedicated to independent, successful living with the mission to end homelessness in Orange County. Common areas are vital to the community, including a communal dining hall with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, an onsite case management office, a large community garden with garden boxes, picnic tables, and community learning space, and an outdoor courtyard with community tables and an outdoor kitchen.
A crucial part of most CDP projects is the organizations that partner with CDP to offer invaluable services for our residents. At The Orchard, the Santa Ana-based non-profit organization Mercy House has three full-time staff members onsite five days per week offering case management, referrals, and resources in order to make residents’ transition from homeless to housed a success over the long-term.