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NOVA, a permanent supportive housing development in Oakland

Building NOVA in a Pandemic is a Large Feat

NOVA, a permanent supportive housing development in Oakland, recently celebrated its grand opening. The multifamily complex provides affordable housing and on-site services to help formerly homeless and families.

NOVA was constructed almost entirely during the pandemic period. Acknowledging the urgent need for housing projects of this type, the project team worked in concert with the city on special considerations to streamline the planning process, leading the city’s first 100 percent affordable housing development to receive entitlement in a record period of three months. The entitlement milestone was of extra significance as it was secured during an exceptionally busy time for city planners.

DAHLIN Group Architecture Planning worked in partnership with Affirmed Housing and Cahill Contractors on the project.

“Bringing NOVA to completion through a global pandemic has made a notable project even more remarkable,” said Padru Kang, a design director with DAHLIN. “The drive by the entire team to move this project forward through adversity demonstrates an unwavering commitment to delivering vital, transformative resources for people who need them.”


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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