Donnor Lofts

Located in San Jose, Donner Lofts provides 92 workforce efficiency studios and 9 one-bedroom apartments serving individuals earning up to 50% of Area Media Income which is $39,100 for a single-person household. The development also includes a community room, computer room, an exercise facility, a common courtyard and ground-floor retail space. As an affordable rental apartment community developed by MidPen Housing, Donner Lofts is one of the first housing sites for Project Welcome Home, the first Pay for Success initiative launched in the State of California. This development addresses the immense need for affordable workforce housing in one of the nation’s top most expensive metropolitan areas where skyrocketing rents have contributed to a homeless epidemic affecting a growing number of households. Donner Lofts is one of the very first housing sites in California to provide homes for participants in the innovative public/private Pay for Success (PFS) model. PFS is a funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that provide positive results to the people who need them most.


*Photos by Misha Bruk Photography 


  • Landscape Architecture


San Jose, CA


2015 - 2017

Key Facts

  • Client: MidPen Housing
  • Client: HKIT Architects
  • 92 workforce efficient studios
  • Affordable rental apartment community
  • Variety of amenities including a community room, computer room, exercise facility, and a common courtyard

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