Bosa Development Partners With World Housing in Community-for-Community Home Gifting Model

Downtown San Diego's Pacific Gate residential buyers will participate in World Housing's first US effort addressing international homelessness

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2015) -

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Bosa Development, in partnership with World Housing, announced its plans to gift an entire community of 64 homes to house more than 300 people currently living in metro Manila's slums. Every purchase of a home at Pacific Gate, Bosa's latest residential building in downtown San Diego, Calif., will trigger a contribution to World Housing from Bosa.

With seven downtown San Diego residential communities encompassing nine towers, Bosa's contributions to the San Diego community remain prolific. Bosa's Pacific Gate building in downtown San Diego will attract domestic and international buyers, so it is a natural progression for the company to expand its philanthropic footprint outside the U.S.

Currently, Bosa Development is sponsor of the Rethink Downtown: Behind San Diego's Skyline exhibit, which presents a series of "rethinks" the city has gone through as it evolves and grows. As part of the exhibition, a dynamic lecture series takes place and on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 with World Housing presenting a panel discussion on "Rethinking Community Building Worldwide" from 6-8 p.m. World Housing's story, along with a scale model of a World Housing home, will remain part of the Rethink Exhibition. The panel discussion will include:

  • Luis Oquinena, Executive Director of Gawad Kalinga (World Housing's partner)
  • Peter Dupuis, Founder of World Housing
  • Erin Spiewak, CEO of Monarch Schools
  • Moderator - Graham Brewster, Managing Director, World Housing

Bosa Development has and continues to contribute to the areas in which it has built communities. With downtown San Diego being one of the most robust in Bosa's portfolio with seven downtown communities equaling nine residential towers. Its support in San Diego includes:

  • Gifting land and resources to help create cultural and community building projects like San Diego's Cortez Hill, a transitional housing facility for homeless families, in which Bosa was awarded the Peacemaker Award by the San Diego Mediation Center
  • San Diego State University's downtown art gallery, located in Bosa's Electra tower, where it will reside rent-free for 60 years
  • Contributing land and resources to the Monarch School's new Nat and Flora Bosa Campus, which allows enrollment up to 350 students. "An investment in the children of our community is the best investment I could make," said Nat Bosa. "Monarch's students are just like any other children and yet they face challenges most of us cannot even comprehend. They deserve a school facility that can give them the tools they need to succeed."

The significance of this announcement marks the first community-for-community partnership of its kind in the United States. World Housing gifts homes to families living in slums around the world, who make up approximately 14 per cent of the world's population. While it is homes that are gifted to individuals, World Housing thinks beyond building standalone houses and designs each project with community and social impact in mind.

"We have always placed strong emphasis on social responsibility and community contribution, so when we were approached by World Housing with this socially innovative partnership opportunity, we knew it would be a strong fit, and one the future purchasers of Pacific Gate would be proud to be a part of," said Nat Bosa, president of Bosa Development. "Through World Housing, we hope to set a new norm in community building worldwide, both locally and internationally."

Pacific Gate will be a luxurious, 41-story residential tower located on the 'front porch' of downtown San Diego and offer unparalleled living space, first-class service and exceptional amenities. The oval glass residential tower is designed by renowned New York-based architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, and will change the skyline of downtown San Diego .

"We're incredibly proud to enter into this partnership with Bosa Development, as they are stewards in displaying social responsibility within their immediate communities," said Pete Dupuis, co-founder of World Housing. "One partnership creates a significant impact. With the sell-out of Pacific Gate, 300 people currently living in a slum will move into a home with a roof over their head and a door that locks. Providing families with housing creates social change and a long-lasting impact on their lives and surrounding community."

A typical World Housing home in the Philippines is a two-story, 260 square feet home, made from concrete and wood. The homes are individually equipped with a restroom, electricity and a fresh water supply. The construction of these homes is overseen by local building partner, Gawad Kalinga. Qualified home recipients living in the slum work together to build the new World Housing community. Homes are built in groups of 32 and share amenities such as a health care building that house two resident doctors, a daycare, a shared recreational space and a school.

Rethink Downtown: Behind San Diego's Skyline is available to residents and visitors to San Diego at no charge. Open for a limited run, the 3,000 square foot Rethink is an exhibition-lecture series that celebrates San Diego and asks visitors to ponder Downtown's future, where it's going, and how architecture, design, amenities and quality of life enable San Diego to matter on a national scale. Rethink Downtown is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 700 First Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

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About Bosa Development

Under the leadership of Nat Bosa, and backed by his 40 years of development experience, Bosa Development has an unprecedented record of success. With uncommon vision and well-considered planning, the company has created thousands of homes, and proven to be a leader in the industry. Bosa is synonymous with superior quality, luxurious lifestyles and exemplary locations. Its stunning properties continue to make bold architectural statements and set new standards in locations such as Vancouver, Whistler, Calgary, Maui, San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco, and most recently, Seattle.

About World Housing

World Housing is a nonprofit that builds and gifts homes to families living in slums in the developing world, fostering communities where families can thrive with safety, security, stability and access to the resources that change lives. Our mission is to create social change by connecting the world to be a better community.

World Housing believes that homes are the key turning point where the momentum of community begins to have effects that radiate beyond individuals and into entire families, villages, and countries. World Housing homes allow people to live safe, stable lives. Children who grow up in safe, stable homes have greater freedom to pursue education, and raise the standard of living for themselves, their families and further generations to come. World Housing homes cause a ripple effect.

As a nonprofit, World Housing makes their projects possible through direct giving and business partnerships with individuals and organizations who believe in the power of community to change lives around the world.

Contact Information:

World Housing Media Inquiries:
Melissa Orozco, Yulu PR
Impact Relations (
O: 604.558.1656
C: 778.320.9265

Bosa Development Media Inquiries:
Karen Gee-McAuley
Relevance Public Relations
O: 818-541-7724
C: 323-428-1921

World Housing homes in Manila, Philippines