Our History

How Jamboree grew into a community development leader

Our History

How Jamboree grew into a community development leader

Jamboree's Mendocino at Talega affordable familly community entrance.

Jamboree began with a single dream in one city. Build quality housing people can afford. Today, that dream is an expansive vision that ripples across the state of California. It generates jobs. Promotes healthy living. Creates supportive housing. Builds stronger communities.

From our first $1 million federal grant to a more than $1.1 billion portfolio, Jamboree is changing perceptions of affordable housing – a vision that began more than 25 years ago.

Take a creative, illustrated look at the Jamboree story and our expanding efforts from our beginning in 1990 to today. 

Jamboree celebrates it’s 25th anniversary with a banner year in growth of staff and expansion of our mission. A gala celebration is planned for Friday, October 9 to celebrate our legacy and showcase Jamboree’s future.

Jamboree provides nearly 10,000 hours of tutoring and enrichment programs for youth and more than 1,000 students participated in our academic achievement program. More than 63,000 pounds of healthy food is delivered to seniors. The 100+ residents who live with a mental illness in our permanent supportive housing receive an average of 20 hours of clinical services each week, helping them to thrive.

Nearly 1,000 of our residents gather for our sixth annual Jam!boree Day – a day of health and fitness in a local park – to celebrate the thousands of hours of physical activity they have logged through our Jam! Fit Clubs throughout the year.

Jamboree establishes Quality Development and Construction, a California licensed general contractor, to serve as a technical consultant, design expert, construction manager and general contractor for affordable housing communities developed by Jamboree. Courier Place in Claremont opens as Jamboree’s first multigenerational and LEED for Homes Platinum property. Just steps from the state capitol, Jamboree transforms historic Hotel Berry into The Studios at Hotel Berry.

Setting a new environmental standard for housing development, Jamboree is honored with OC Metro’s Green Team 2011 recognition as being the only housing developer making the world a greener place, and receives the ENERGY STAR award Leadership in Housing for the fourth year in a row.

To expand our Resident Services Group to include programs for those living with a mental health diagnosis, HOMES, Inc. merges with Jamboree. A 20th Anniversary celebration highlights the growing ripple effect of Jamboree's affordable housing in local communities.

For the second time in a decade, Jamboree completes its five-year strategic plan ahead of schedule, a remarkable feat in the face of one of the hardest economic times in recent history.

Jamboree launches a new era with new construction of Diamond, its first special needs community located in Anaheim, co-developed with HOMES, Inc. and Housing with Heart opens its 30th service center here.

With new construction of Laurel Crest in Lancaster, Jamboree sets a new standard for energy efficiency – the green building of this transit-oriented community incorporates more green elements than any of Jamboree's previous buildings. President Laura Archuleta is recognized for her work in affordable housing with the Women of Influence Award from Real Estate Southern California. Jamboree moves into its newly purchased corporate headquarters in Irvine.

Jamboree celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a Gala Event that raises $250,000 for resident service programs. Jamboree completes construction of Montecito Vista (162 units) in Irvine, which exceeds Title 24 energy efficiency standards by more than 15%.

2003 to 2004
Mendocino at Talega is Jamboree’s first new construction property. It's located in a 3,500-acre master-planned community. Jamboree’s achievements receive recognition with the Fair Housing Leadership Award from Fair Housing Council of Orange County, Developer of the Year (SCANPH) and Communities of Quality Award.

Laura Archuleta is named new President of Jamboree following the retirement of Lila Lieberthal. “Housing With HEART (Helping to Educate, Activate and Respond Together)” is launched, an innovative initiative providing onsite educational and social programs and services tailored to residents’ needs.

Jamboree expands into northern California with the aquisition of Thornbridge Apartments in San Jose (286 units), Watercrest Apartments in Sacramento (206 units) and Las Colinas in Riverside (148 units).

1996 to 1998
Affordable housing for seniors become a reality with the co-development of Inn at Woodbridge, followed by Camden Place in La Palma, and aquisition of The Meadows, a 360-space mobile home park in Irvine.

Jamboree is certified as a State and County Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).

Jamboree receives nonprofit status from the IRS and Franchise Tax Board.

A $1 million federal grant is awarded to Jamboree to develop a first-time homebuyers’ program in the City of Irvine. Jamboree acquires four Metropolitan condos in Irvine for rental housing through the Irvine Inclusionary Zoning Program.

Lila Leiberthal is hired as Executive Director.

Jamboree Housing Corporation is founded to expand housing opportunities for low-income families and seniors in Irvine.



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