Salvation Army Transitional Housing — Seaside

In 1996, the Salvation Army was granted five duplexes on Fort Ord for use as housing for homeless persons, under the  McKinney Act.  Because the duplexes were located in an area proposed by the City of Seaside for upscale redevelopment, the City committed to replacing the duplexes with ten   residential units in a central location in Seaside. 


Congleton Architect worked with the Salvation Army and the City to create a transitional housing project compatible with the neighborhood and supportive of the Salvation Army’s Family Rehabilitation Program.  The ten residences are townhouse-style units, surrounding an interior courtyard where communal activities occur.  The units are fronted close to the street, to minimize outdoor space on the street side, and provide an   urban façade in the urban district.  The complex includes a  community room for Salvation Army training programs and social activities within the complex.


Interiors of the two-bedroom units are designed to support family relationships.  From the kitchen, parents have visual  oversight of children in the living and dining areas and outdoor play courtyards.  A pallet of strong colors (brick red, teal green, coffee brown) defines the units and adds individuality to the residences.