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     …..     …..
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…..     …..
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…..     …..     …..  
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     …..     …..
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…..     …..
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…..     …..     …..  
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     …..     …..
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    …..     …..

Jamboree Begins Construction on Capstone Development to Change Trajectory of Neighborhood in Anaheim, CA

Jamboree Housing Corporation and the City of Anaheim announce construction has begun on Manchester-Orangewood.

By PR Web
April 29, 2020 —

ANAHEIM, CALIF –

Jamboree Housing Corporation and the City of Anaheim announced today that construction has begun on Manchester-Orangewood, the eighth affordable housing development the nonprofit affordable housing developer has built in the City of Anaheim. Since 2008, the long-term partnership between Jamboree and the City of Anaheim has added more than 536 affordable homes to Anaheim’s housing supply.

The development of Manchester-Orangewood is 13 years in the making and yet another step in a long-term commitment to reclaim the entire neighborhood of Haster Orangewood. Long plagued with overcrowding, high rates of crime, and drug trafficking, city leaders drafted the Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP), a comprehensive revitalization strategy that spans more than 15 years. During monthly NIP meetings, the working group has overseen major changes in the neighborhood, with the new Manchester-Orangewood affordable housing community serving as the final development piece needed to unlock the neighborhood’s potential. “I think what makes Manchester-Orangewood a unique development is that it came from the community,” said Laura Archuleta, Jamboree President and CEO. “This isn’t a project that has had to overcome NIMBYism (Not in My Backyard), but rather an example of a community that understands the role that affordable housing can have in transforming lives – and a real desire to see more of that in their neighborhoods.”

In recent years, the City of Anaheim has focused heavily on increasing the available supply of affordable housing in the city, approving three additional affordable housing developments, including Manchester-Orangewood, in 2019. “We’ve had a strong, more than decade-long relationship with Jamboree here in Anaheim, and Manchester-Orangewood marks another great step forward in serving the neediest in our community,” said Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu. “In these unexpected and difficult times, helping those who are struggling to find housing that is affordable is more important than ever.”

Manchester-Orangewood will transform a vacant 2.86-acre lot, currently owned by the Anaheim Housing Authority, into a four-story apartment community with 102 units of high-quality affordable housing for local working families. Manchester-Orangewood is a model for job- and transit-rich workforce development. Bookended by two regional employment centers, The Anaheim Resort – home to Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim Convention Center, and numerous hotels and restaurants – and the Platinum Triangle – an emerging high-density, mixed-use community that includes Angel Stadium, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, and Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) – Manchester-Orangewood will offer new housing and transportation opportunities to the local Anaheim workforce.


I think what makes Manchester-Orangewood a unique development is that it came from the community, one that understands the role that affordable housing can have in transforming lives – and a real desire to see more of that in their neighborhoods,” said Laura Archuleta, Jamboree President/CEO


The architectural design of Manchester-Orangewood is influenced by the contemporary, modern style found throughout the city. The property will feature nearly 15,000 square feet of outdoor amenities for residents to enjoy. Central to the overall design of the development is an approximately 15,000 square foot, two-story, community building with flexible recreational space, onsite management offices, and free onsite resident services. This community center is the largest space for resident services that Jamboree has designed at any of its 90+ communities throughout the state. It is a physical manifestation of the nonprofit’s commitment to resident services – and the individual success of its residents.

An affordable housing apartment complex with 102 units is planned at Manchester and Orangewood avenues. (Courtesy the city of Anaheim)

With a laser focus on community health and educational outcomes, Jamboree’s resident services plan for Manchester-Orangewood already includes partnerships with Orange County Head Start and the Child Guidance Center. Orange County Head Start is a comprehensive child development program designed to meet the educational, emotional, social, health, and nutritional needs of more than 3,000 low-income children and families. This is Jamboree’s second partnership with Orange County Head Start and the 3,800-square-foot early education center at Manchester will serve 40 children.

In addition to the onsite Orange County Head Start program, the Child Guidance Center will provide family behavioral health services at Manchester-Orangewood, providing up to 10 clinicians to serve residents as well as the most vulnerable families in the surrounding Haster Orangewood community, including those who are eligible for Medi-Cal. Child Guidance Center will offer one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), an innovative process in which parents are coached in real time as they play and talk with their kids. Hours for these free services will include afternoons and evenings so that parents can access these vital services for their children without having to take time off from work.

“We’ve continued to see affordable housing evolve from being just about a building and the rent residents are paying, to an innovative platform for delivering mental health services,” said Lori Pack, Chief Executive Officer of Child Guidance Center. “For over 50 years, we’ve provided comprehensive mental health treatment services to vulnerable children, teens, and their family members in Orange County. We look forward to offering high-quality care and integrated services as we work with Jamboree to improve health outcomes for this underserved community.”

Manchester-Orangewood is the second project to begin construction during Jamboree’s 30th Anniversary, a celebration of 30 years of Building for Good across Orange County and throughout California. “While affordable housing is certainly critical, the services we provide at Jamboree’s affordable communities truly transform the lives of our residents,” said Archuleta. “Manchester-Orangewood exemplifies what creative partnerships and 30 years of experience can do to improve the comprehensive level of services residents and the local community receive – at no additional cost to the city.”

While Manchester-Orangewood points to the significance of city leadership in creating more affordable housing, the financial partnerships that make this development feasible highlight the importance of the business sector in addressing affordability issues. The Orange County Housing Trust (OCHT), powered by NeighborWorks Orange County (NOC) and Orange County Business Council (OCBC), provided $1.5 million in “last-mile” funding to Manchester-Orangewood. The connection between affordable housing and jobs is a strong one. “Without a strong housing market – across all income brackets – we risk losing the economic vitality of the Orange County region as workers begin to leave for lower-cost areas or suffer long commutes, increasing congestion,” said Lucy Dunn, CEO of OCBC and Chair of OCHT. “Orange County businesses understand the important role they play in addressing Orange County and California’s affordable housing crisis.”

The “last-mile” funding resulted from a generous $5 million contribution to OCHT from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim in March 2019 – the first leadership-level commitment in support of gap financing for the acquisition, development and construction of permanent supportive and affordable housing projects in Orange County. “The collaboration between OCHT and the Disneyland Resort shows the power of local business to transform communities through high-quality affordable housing like Jamboree’s Manchester-Orangewood,” said Helen O’Sullivan, President and CEO of NOC and Executive Director of OCHT. When complete in 2021, Archuleta underscored that this new property will open up opportunities for hundreds of Anaheim families, adding that, “The Disneyland Resort’s commitment to Anaheim and Anaheim families is inspiring and a virtuous example for other flagship businesses in Orange County and California.”

Additional financing for the $55.3-million development consists of a $10.2 million land note and $4 million loan from the City of Anaheim; $25.3 million in tax credit equity, $14.3 million in permanent financing, and $32.2 million in construction financing provided by Union Bank, and the $1.5 million loan from OCHT.

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 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.

This article courtesy of CISION PR Web


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