Ayer Station

San Jose, California

San Jose, California

N First Street, San Jose, CA - Groundbreaking in June 2022

The Kelsey Ayer Station is a fully inclusive mixed-ability, mixed-income housing community located in a transit-oriented neighborhood blocks north of downtown San Jose. The 115 apartment homes include a mix of 2-bedrooms and studios for individuals with and without disabilities across a range of incomes. The project features shared community amenities and outdoor spaces. Inclusion Concierges™ connect residents to each other, the community, and desired services and supports.

Fast Facts

  • 115 homes with 25% reserved for people with disabilities
  • Rents ranging from $578/month for extremely low income individuals to missing middle and essential workforce housing
  • Fully accessible design supporting diverse physical, sensory, and support access needs
  • Amenities include a fitness room, maker space, rooftop resident terrace, sensory garden, support staff offices, dog run and pet-friendly units, transit passes and coordination, community lobby, bike parking, and on-site Inclusion Concierge
  • $75M community; Predevelopment lender: Google’s affordable housing fund; Construction and Permanent funders: City of San Jose, California Department of Housing and Community Development Transit Oriented Development Program, US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Capital One, Enterprise Community Partners, California Housing Finance Agency, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and individual supporters

"People with all abilities need to be at the table of designing what an individual person would like to live in or where they would like to live rather than have someone else decide for them."

Darcy McCann, Advocate
The Kelsey Community Advisory Group Member
Community Space

Units and Residents

The Kelsey Ayer Station includes a mix of workforce housing, affordable, and deeply affordable homes to welcome residents across a diversity of incomes and with diverse affordability needs. 25% of homes are reserved for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across all incomes. Our signature Inclusion Concierges™ helps build community for our residents of all abilities, as well as connect them to outside supports and services.

Key Amenities

In conversation with community members of all abilities, individuals repeatedly spoke to some key design needs: flexible spaces that promote connection, outdoor amenities, and universally designed spaces. We’re excited to incorporate all three into The Kelsey Ayer Station, as the building includes approximately 8,000 square feet of community spaces. A gathering space on the ground floor creates room for neighbors to connect. Each floor includes community spaces such as lounges, fitness rooms, and shared workstations. Residents can socialize on the community terrace or spend quiet moments in the sensory garden. The entire building utilizes Universal
Design to ensure that all spaces are accessible and inclusive.


We selected this site because of its proximity to transit, jobs, arts, culture, services, and healthcare. The site is 500 feet from VTA light rail, a 15-minute walk from downtown San Jose, and a 25-minute walk to Diridon station. Our residents of all abilities have quick access to jobs, community life, and entertainment without ever having to get into a car. We’re already building relationships with key community organizations that will be project partners in service delivery, employment, and promoting active community life for all members of The Kelsey Ayer Station.

Development Partners

The Kelsey is excited to be working with Sares Regis Group of Northern California (SRGNC) and Devine and Gong, Inc (DGI) on this project. 

Sares Regis is a San Mateo-based developer of high-quality rental and ownership communities throughout the Bay Area. Since 1992, SRGNC has acquired or developed approximately 19,000 multi-family and residential housing units and 14 million square feet of commercial and civic properties. They currently have a residential pipeline of over 2,500 residences both for sale and for rent valued at over $1.5 billion and over $2.5 billion of commercial activity in the Bay Area. ​

Devine and Gong, Inc, formed in 1985, provides finance and development services for the acquisition, rehabilitation and operation of affordable housing projects in the western United States. They specialize in projects subsidized or insured by federal, state, or local governments. DGI exists to enhance and fortify the assets of low-income communities. They are dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families, seniors, and special needs clients through the development of decent, safe, affordable housing and other real estate.

Housing Information

The community will be open in 2024, with leasing beginning 6 months prior to opening. Information about the requirements and application process will be released at the time when the lottery opens for applications. If you would like to receive information on opening and the lottery please fill out your information here.

The process for leasing for our property at 447 N 1st St, San Jose will likely begin in 2023. To be notified when that process begins, please provide contact information below. Only one contact type (email or phone number) is needed. We will NOT contact you for anything else besides The Kelsey Ayer Station affordable housing lottery. More information about the community: https://thekelsey.org/projects/ayer-station/

To sign up to be notified when our projects begin leasing click here for The Kelsey Ayer Station (San Jose)