Jamboree, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, is acquiring Staybridge Suites Sacramento Airport Natomas at 140 Promenade Circle, just a few miles from Downtown Sacramento and the State Capitol. In partnership with the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), this hotel conversion by Jamboree will transform a well-maintained business travel property into Vista Nueva, a supportive housing community with onsite services for 116 families and children who are currently experiencing homelessness.
Jamboree, the City of Sacramento, and SHRA share the passion of business leaders, residents, other homeless service providers, and advocate partners to provide meaningful solutions to both the immediate crisis of homelessness in the area and the ongoing need for permanent housing solutions. Located in the city’s District One, where Angelique Ashby serves as Mayor Pro Tem, Vista Nueva is one such solution.
The supportive housing with services that Jamboree will bring to this hotel conversion will enhance the quality of life for the entire Natomas neighborhood by bringing neighbors from homelessness into housing. Along with a permanent home, these residents will have onsite access to trained professionals who can provide services and support – including case management, life skills education, and opportunities for social connections and meaningful activities – that will keep them active, stable, and thriving in their local neighborhood.
The vision for Vista Nueva is to transform this four-story property into Permanent Supportive Housing that will consist of 63 studios, 39 one-bedrooms, and 14 two-bedrooms for families and their children. This currently operational hotel is in turn-key condition with a community pool and centralized laundry as well as a kitchenette in each unit.
Plans call for the transformation of 25,000 square feet of common space into a community room and kitchen, lounge area, and offices for onsite property management and resident services staff. The acquisition of this high-quality, well-maintained asset from the current owner will allow Jamboree and its partners to transform Vista Nueva into permanent housing quickly, without sacrificing the overall quality of this future supportive housing community.
With an anticipated emphasis on housing formerly homeless families and their children, Jamboree’s onsite services will include adult education programming and after-school programs for students – brought to life through partnerships with the Natomas Unified School District. Preliminary discussions include an onsite liaison from the district to work with families to create connections with teachers and other resources to get and keep these students on track academically.
Ongoing health and wellness programs and community building activities are also planned in Jamboree’s approach to resident services that focuses on helping residents achieve and maintain both housing and financial stability as well as improved health.
Additional enhancements to the hotel conversion of Vista Nueva include a new playground and enhancements to natural landscaping – creating a sense of home for residents – as well as an upgraded security system with front office staff onsite 24/7. Jamboree and SHRA are committed to being a good neighbor for the long-term.
The new supportive housing community is a short walking distance to public transportation as well as local retail and business centers, and adjacent to the future site of a Kaiser Permanente medical center. The proposed development of Vista Nueva provides an ideal opportunity to bring much-needed affordable housing to the most vulnerable and at-risk individuals in District One’s community.
Vista Nueva is truly a community effort when it comes to the project financing. To both acquire, renovate, and operate the future community long-term, Jamboree is bringing together various public sources – including project-based vouchers, state dollars, and loans from SHRA.
During the initial phase to convert this hotel into supportive housing, Jamboree and SHRA will provide immediate housing with extensive supportive services for residents via funds secured through Homekey Round 2 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 will be made available to help local governments purchase hotels and motels to permanently house homeless individuals.
Once Homekey Round 2 funds are secured, it’s anticipated that residents will be able to move into their new homes at Vista Nueva during the first quarter of 2022.
Vista Nueva will create homes, not a hotel or shelter. Unlike homeless shelters, residents in permanent supportive housing do not have to leave their apartment every day and return at night nor do they have to move out after a brief stay.
Individuals must qualify for this specific housing and are referred to the property from participating agencies. Once residents sign an apartment lease, they may remain in their apartment long-term or, as long as they follow the community rules. There will be no onsite intake center for those experiencing homelessness.
The goal is long-term housing stability to keep these residents active, stable, and thriving in their local neighborhood. Jamboree communities that take this approach to permanently house those experiencing homeless consistently realize better than a 90% success rate in these residents avoiding a return to homelessness.
Of the 116 apartment homes at Vista Nueva that will be coordinated through SHRA, 10 units will operate as interim housing. By definition, this is a housing situation where a person experiencing homelessness is eligible for permanent housing but is unable to move immediately into housing. In these cases, interim housing keeps the individual engaged with services while moving towards permanent housing. Like all residents at Vista Nueva, individuals will be referred by participating agencies. Over the next three years, these 10 homes will be converted to permanent housing.