The heart of the Big Wave Project, the Big Wave Community Center is a privately funded live/work community that will foster independence and sustainable living for adults with developmental disabilities.
The Community Center is needed now more than ever. The Coastside population includes hundreds of people with developmental disabilities. In contrast, the entire County of San Mateo has only a mere 194 affordable units for this population. The unemployment rate for adults with special needs is 87%.
Housing options will include one, two and three bedroom affordable units with kitchens for 50 residents.
- Space for educational and recreational use
- Organic farm and gardens
- Physical exercise
Vocational and Entrepreneurial Opportunity
With the unemployment rate for those with developmental disabilities is 87%, providing employment opportunities at the Community Center is a priority. The Community Center will provide substantial employment opportunities through the following means:
- 10,000 square feet of space allocated for resident entrepreneurial endeavors
- 20,000 square feet of commercial space allocated for outside businesses that will agree to a goal of training those with developmental disabilities for meaningful employment. This will also bring in recurring rental revenue to subsidize the cost of housing.
- Sustained outreach programs with the adjacent business park to secure employment for adults with developmental disabilities.
Big Wave is a unique partnership between a non-profit and for-profit entity that we expressly designed to provide long term financial opportunity to those with developmental disabilities.