Volunteers of America of Florida has begun construction on 30 new units of quality, affordable housing in East Tampa for homeless and extremely-low and low-income individuals, veterans and their families. After several years of coordinated planning and development, Volunteers of America of Florida has acquired the property, secured a combination of city, county, state and conventional financial resources and has begun construction of Kaylee Bay Village. The complex will include 14 duplexes and two single family homes, a community center/clubhouse and green space.
People living at Kaylee Bay Village will be offered quality rental housing units an affordable cost. Residents will be offered, as needed, health and human services, training, education and employment support to achieve and sustain a self-sufficient, independent lifestyle. The clubhouse will serve many functions providing offices, community meeting space, and a training, education, employment and computer lab resource center.
Volunteers of America of Florida staff will provide a full continuum of care at Kaylee Bay Village, in-home and from the clubhouse, for all residents which may consist of life planning, behavioral health care group and individual counseling, substance abuse recovery and prevention counseling, life skills, job readiness skills, vocational rehabilitation and other educational training resources and employment search and support resources.
Volunteers of America of Florida funding partners include Florida Housing Finance Corporation, the Housing Authority of Hillsborough County, The Home Depot Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, KaBoom, CSX and conventional financing. Construction commenced June 15, 2015 and is expected to be completed in June 2015.
Kaylee Bay Village, located at 4011 39th St N and 4302 40th St N in Tampa, will consist of 14 duplexes (approx and 2 single family homes and the clubhouse. There will be 28 two-bedroom and 2 three-bedroom units. Six (6) of the (2-bedroom) housing units will serve as transitional supportive housing for 12 homeless male or female veterans with special needs, subsidized by an existing US Department of Veterans Affair Homeless Provider Per Diem Program the agency has operated since 2008. The remaining 23 units will provide permanent affordable rental housing for income-eligible individuals (including veterans) and their families. Rent limits for the 30 units will be: 8 units for households that do not exceed 40% area median income (AMI) and 22 units for households that do not exceed 60% AMI> The site will have 1.5 parking spaces per unit.
Other design elements that will be included in the development will be walkways requiring no steps or ramps, and all travel paths made of hard surfaced materials. These features create easy navigation and allow and encourage all residents to get outside and spend time interacting with both nature and other people. A portion of the site will be set aside as open space and will allow the residents to walk amongst the trees on the property and create new social relationships.
- High reflectivity paints on exterior of all buildings
- Reflective colored roof shingles
- Florida friendly landscaping (draught tolerant)
- 3 ADA compliant Units (1 unit for Visual and Hearing impaired)
- on-site playground
The project will include the following sustainability and green, energy efficient features:
- solid surface flooring
- solid surface countertops
- security camera system
- drought resistant landscape
- high efficiency HVAC
- insulated low-e windows
- energy star appliances
- energy star lighting
- low flow water fixtures
- white roofing materials and reflective exterior paints.
The majority of energy efficiency components will result in reduced housing costs (utilities-electricity, water, sewer) for tenants. Agency cost savings will improve the cash flow for the project allowing funding for program staff to provide residents services or meet project emergency needs or project reserves.
The project is located within the City of Tampa East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) which is a high priority area for redevelopment for the city. Kaylee Bay Village is located on the east side of 39th Street, just north of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The site contains all horizontal construction including utilities, storm water management system, entry roadway and sidewalks from a previous single family subdivision which was never completed and ended with foreclosure. Volunteers of America of Florida is converting an abandoned, unfinished development surrounded by chain-linked fence into a beautifully landscaped, quality housing complex in East Tampa. More affordable housing will be made available for vulnerable people and their families and the housing will enhance the value of surrounding residences. A local transit bus stop is less than 1/10 mile from the site.
Additionally, the site is located approximately 6 miles from the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital where veteran residents may access a wide variety of veteran services. Amenities located just over a mile or less from the site include grocery and drug stores, a post office, banks, child care and schools.