Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..

Jamboree Opens Compass Rose, It’s First Affordable Apartment Community in Fullerton, CA


By: PR Web
May 6, 2019 —

The City of Fullerton’s 10-year vision and investment revitalizes Richman Park neighborhood in Orange County, California with nonprofit affordable housing with services developer. Compass Rose is the affordable rental component of the city’s master plan, and the majority of the apartments are set aside for residents who earn less than 40% of the area median income.

Less than a year after breaking ground, Jamboree Housing Corporation and the City of Fullerton today announced the grand opening of Compass Rose. This unique, long-term partnership between Jamboree and the City of Fullerton helped execute the City’s redevelopment plan, to bring more affordable housing and supportive services to the blighted and overcrowded Richman Park area.

Over the last 10 years, the City of Fullerton and the former Fullerton Redevelopment Agency invested more than $22.7 million to buy properties in the centrally-located Richman Park neighborhood, an area that had suffered from high poverty and crime rates. More than 30 properties were purchased, with some being developed as affordable for-sale homes. Compass Rose is the affordable rental component of the city’s master plan and, upon the request of then Fullerton Mayor, now Fourth District Orange County Supervisor, Doug Chaffee, the majority of the apartments are set aside for residents who earn less than 40% of the area median income.

“I believe that safe and secure affordable housing is a basic human need and essential to providing for a decent quality of life. In my capacity as Supervisor, I will continue to advocate for affordable housing for the residents of Orange County. As we continue to work towards this goal, I’m proud to stand by Jamboree and look forward to building more projects like Compass Rose,” said Chaffee.

The 1.76-acre site, comprised of five scattered sites, has now evolved into a 46-unit affordable apartment complex, with an expansive community service center as the focal point of the development. The Compass Rose community center features approximately 2,800 square feet of community space that houses flexible indoor/outdoor recreational space, onsite management offices, kitchen facilities, and space where free, onsite services will be provided to residents and the surrounding Richman Park community. Outdoor amenities include barbecue/dining areas, a tot lot, fitness areas, and landscaped community spaces for outdoor recreation. Each residential building features laundry facilities, most apartments have a garage, and on-grade parking is available for guests.

Jesus Silva, current Mayor of Fullerton, said that quality affordable housing, like Compass Rose, can truly revitalize a community. “Thank you, Jamboree, city staff and all our great partners for help in transforming our city one neighborhood at a time. Your commitment to the families of Compass Rose will ignite the spark of possibilities that will allow them to move forward with love and dignity.”

Laura Archuleta, Jamboree President and CEO, said that developers of affordable housing today have had to evolve the nature of their work since the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

“Having the opportunity to work with the City of Fullerton in executing the last phase of their redevelopment vision for the Richman Park neighborhood has been a unique and rewarding experience,” she said. “Seeing the commitment of the City to finish what they began more than 10 years ago shows that affordable housing is still possible in a post-redevelopment world when the political will of a city is present.”

Archuleta pointed out that Compass Rose creates not only quality affordable housing for families but is a platform to expand community services that benefit the surrounding neighborhood and residents. This is accomplished through Jamboree’s partnership with the California State University Fullerton Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, St. Jude Neighborhood Health Center, and Richman Connect who are working together with Jamboree to expand services, programs, and activities to promote safe and healthy families, improve social, emotional, and academic success of children, enhance economic stability, and empower residents to have a voice of leadership in their community.

“Affordable housing, coupled with neighborhood-specific community and resident services, is what truly transforms an area like Richman Park,” said Archuleta.

In Jamboree’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, Compass Rose features ENERGY STAR appliances and water-efficient plumbing in each apartment, low-VOC interior paint and paperless drywall in bathrooms, CRI Green Label low-VOC carpeting and underlayment, and low-VOC adhesives. Interiors are heated by a highly efficient central boiler system, and the outdoor landscaping features large planters around the community to capture rainwater runoff.

With these and other sustainable features, Compass Rose is designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) for Homes Gold rating and to exceed California’s Title 24 CalGreen energy efficiency standards. This certification lowers energy consumption, providing a cost-saving benefit to and promotes the health of residents. The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Financing for the $23.3 million development consists of $9.7 million in a city loan from the City of Fullerton; $10.7 million in tax credit equity invested by Union Bank; $2.2 million in permanent financing by Union Bank, and $12.3 million in construction financing provided by Union Bank.

ABOUT JAMBOREE: Founded in 1990, Irvine, CA-headquartered Jamboree Housing Corporation is an award-winning, broad-based nonprofit housing development company that develops, acquires, renovates and manages permanently affordable rental and ownership housing throughout California for working families, seniors and people with special needs. A leading community development organization, Jamboree is committed to sustaining excellence with high quality affordable housing that benefits the environment, the economy and local communities. It currently has $627 million in affordable housing projects in its development pipeline and a portfolio value of $3.2 billion that includes the development of and/or ownership interest in more than 9,000 homes in more than 93 California communities. Currently, Jamboree’s Community Impact Group offers resident services that foster learning, health and wellness, and community building at 34 Jamboree communities with designated staff at each location. For more information, visit jamboreehousing.com and follow Jamboree on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram at @JamboreeHousing.

Article courtesy of Cision PR Web


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