Paseo de Luz or “Path of Light,” is a special community that consists of 24 new rental homes for adults with chronic mental illness and an onsite resident manager’s unit. The developer, CEDC, in conjunction with a service provider, Ventura County Behavioral Health, aimed to support residents in retaining tenancy by helping them to “succeed in their wellness, reduce hospitalizations, reduce incarcerations, increase employment, and successfully reintegrate into the community.”
This was a HUD 811 project, specially financed by the Federal Government for adults with mental illness. McCarthy was hired to provide preconstruction and construction services for this community. The design of the buildings is influenced by the Prairie Style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s but using modern materials such as fiber cement panels, cement plaster, and masonry veneer. Each one-bedroom apartment has a kitchen with a full-size range and refrigerator, sink, washer and dryer, and sufficient cabinet and counter space. The living and dining area will provide adequate space for living and dining conditions and ample closet and storage for residents.
The community also has a building available to residents for social activities. Paseo de Luz is an energy efficient building and is certified Green Point Rated.
Architect: Faulconer & Associates