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Karina Talamantes, Chief of Staff, Office of Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby
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Vice Mayor Ashby to unveil Vista Nueva, a permanent supportive housing community for families experiencing homelessness in partnership with Jamboree, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
Sacramento, Calif. (October 13th, 2022) – Today Vice Mayor Ashby opened the doors to the Vista Nueva hotel conversion project of a former Staybridge Suites in partnership with Jamboree Housing Corporation and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA).
Vista Nueva is a permanent supportive housing community consisting of 63 studios, 39 one-bedrooms, and 14 two-bedrooms for families and children. That is 116 rooms that will serve over 200 individuals. Vice Mayor Ashby states, “This project is an important and effective strategy to bring our unhoused families into supportive housing with wrap-around services needed to thrive.”
“We’re excited about the hotel conversion of Vista Nueva, providing much needed housing for families and their children facing homelessness. It represents what’s possible when long-term partners continue to seek creative solutions to housing,” said Laura Archuleta, Jamboree president and CEO. This is Jamboree’s fourth collaboration with the city of Sacramento and SHRA – a partnership that has produced more than 350 units of affordable housing.
“Opening the doors to this community for 116 homeless families with children will renew hope and create a pathway to a better future that stable, safe housing can provide,” said SHRA Executive Director La Shelle Dozier. “This partnership between the City of Sacramento, SHRA, and Jamboree are essential to Homekey projects like Vista Nueva that can help address Sacramento’s homeless crisis.”
Funds were secured through Governor Newsom’s Project Homekey funding, a continuing statewide effort to sustain and rapidly expand housing for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), approximately $1.45 billion in grant funding is being made available to help local governments purchase hotels and motels to permanently house homeless individuals.
Gustavo Velasquez, Director of HCD, states, “The State of California is relying on these types of partnerships to help us achieve our goal of 2.5 million new units by 2030, and we are already seeing results locally, with HCD Homekey funds in the Sacramento region topping $130 million for 684 units in just two years.”