The City of Santa Ana is working with Community Development Partners to transform an old Santa Ana motel into apartments for 71 families. This is Santa Ana’s first permanent supportive housing project for individuals who are chronically homeless.

Santa Ana will provide rent vouchers to those families totaling close to $1 million annually to make the rent affordable to them. Additionally, the city is dedicating nearly $1.2 million in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds for the project.
The new apartment complex, formerly known as Guest Inn and Quality Suites, will be called, The Orchard. There will be a total of 72 apartments in the complex, including the manager’s unit.

Once operating, Orange County nonprofit Mercy House will be the lead service provider for the complex. Additionally, The Ecology Center will sponsor an on-site garden which will improve the looks of the old motel and make it feel like home to its residents.