Casa Feliz Studios SRO, San Jose, California

First Community Housing has replaced an aging Single-Room Occupancy development (which had shared bathrooms), and build in its place 60 affordable SRO units with private bathrooms and increased on-site parking.

Case Feliz Studios

Casa Feliz is the recipient of a USGBC LEED NC Gold certification. Rob Quiqley Architects, FAIA, is the award-winning, nationally-recognized architectural firm, that designed this building.

Casa Feliz Studios Green Living Roof

  • On-site supportive services provider serving special-needs residents
  • On-site manager and maintenance person
  • Exceeding energy-efficiency requirements by 12%
  • Energy-efficient windows and extensive use of green building materials
  • Laundry facility
  • Community room
  • Lounge and computer lab with Internet access
  • “Green living” roof
  • Eco Passes for all residents for free public transportation
  • Adjacent to bus line

Case Feliz Studios Entrance

Housing Choices Coalition (HCC) provides Resident Services Coordination to Casa Feliz residents with developmental disabilities, and facilitates communication between these residents and property management, providing one point of contact for the purposes of continuity and comprehensive communication. This includes a comprehensive marketing and screening process to ensure that appropriate services are in place before a client signs a lease. HCC works with these special needs residents to create a sense of community and to encourage a support network among their neighbors and friends.

Development Details

Name: Casa Feliz Studios SRO
Units: 60
Year Completed: 2009
Architect: Rob Quiqley Architects, FAIA
Contractor: Branagh, Inc.
Telephone: 408-516-4776


525 South 9th Street
San Jose, California 95112

Development Highlights

  • On-site manager and maintenance person
  • Laundry facility with vending
  • Community room/lounge
  • Computer lab with internet access
  • Extensive use of green building materials and finishes
  • Free WiFi throughout property
  • Eco Passes provided FREE for residents (public transit)

Awards & Honors

  • Boston AIA 2011 John Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Architecture
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) 2011 Award of Excellence
  • Winner 2010 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA)
  • National Winner, Award of Excellence for Affordable Housing Built Responsibly 2010 Rental Category, The Home Depot Foundation
  • Winner AHF 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards, Green category
  • Winner, Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards, 2009 Multiple Benefit category
  • Winner, Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, Site Design Award, 2009 Large Residential category
  • LEED NC Gold certification