Rockrose Gardens is Interim’s newest affordable apartment complex in Marina. The Grand Opening celebration was held December 5 and attended by over 260 supporters. Rockrose received a gold level LEED certification for its environmentally sustainable design. The project took four years to complete.
The residents have shared how grateful they are that Rockrose provides them a place to live and supportive services. This has been expressed through their words and their letters. Rockrose Gardens has created an environment tenants are proud to call home.
Kristen is one of the twenty residents who moved into their one bedroom apartments in November. Regarding Rockrose, she says, “The place is beautiful and safe, and I love how it is so spacious. I feel I can start a new life here and I am devoting time to help Interim by volunteering at OMNI teaching art groups.” OMNI is a free, peer and family member run mental health wellness center.
For another Rockrose resident, Patricia, her only experience with Interim was through Manzanita House, Interim’s short-term crisis program. Prior to moving in to Rockrose, she lived with family and in different boarding homes, unable to find a place she could settle in and feel comfortable. Now Patricia feels she has a place of her own to call home at Rockrose.
Other residents, Kimberly and Steven, were happy to be given the opportunity to apply for the brand new units. Kimberly said being selected to move in was “a dream come true.” Steven says that Interim has “raised the bar for providing a roof and boarding.”
Funding for Rockrose was made possible by HUD 811 (Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities Program), California Mental Health Services Act Housing Program, the County of Monterey, Neighborhood Stabilization Program through the Monterey County Office of Redevelopment and Housing, the City of Marina HOME Program Income Funds (California Housing and Community Development), the Affordable Housing Program, local foundations, and hundreds of private donors.