The final phase of A New Leaf’s award-winning La Mesita Community is complete. The downtown Mesa campus is opening the doors to new residents starting this weekend, July 1. Thirty units have been constructed, with additional meeting rooms for the community and other nonprofit organizations who need space for their activities.
The new development joins La Mesita Apartments and La Mesita Emergency Family Shelter to offer a total of 126 units of housing for homeless and low income residents in the East Valley. More than $35 million has been invested into this development through public-private partnerships, public contributions, and earned income.
“This is a momentous event in terms of making housing affordable in the city of Mesa and serving as a community hub for city residents,” said Michael Hughes, CEO of A New Leaf. “Our role is to offer hope and services to our most vulnerable populations and improve the livability of the community. With the help of Mayor Giles and city leaders, we have built a space that will enhance the vitality of our community for many years to come.”
The 30 units are comprised of 10 studio, 18 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom energy efficient homes. Located directly along the light rail, the La Mesita campus features onsite support services, including individual case management, after-school and Head Start preschool programming, career assistance, educational classes and a Personal Investment Center. Priority housing is offered for veterans.
All of the units have been supported by community donations. Businesses, churches, and families each adopted units, furnishing the apartments with new furniture, kitchen items, and other essential needs.
“It has truly been a community effort,” said Chief Philanthropy Officer Joe Dulin. “Our supporters have generously contributed their most heartfelt gift to support families who need a new start and new hope. We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of support.”
Personalized tours of the La Mesita Community are available for the public by calling 480-464-4648.