The Rockwood Community Collaborative in Anaheim, CA, provides supportive services for 48 formerly homeless children and their families, as well as 15 permanent supportive housing homes for those living with a mental health diagnosis. At the outset of development planning, Jamboree’s Community Collaborative strategy brings together a variety of community stakeholders to identify shared goals and design customized programming. This is the first step in our four-step process that begins with a community needs assessment and leads to an ongoing action plan that supports the desired outcomes.
How do we measure success? As the community’s needs change over time, services are redirected or expanded, bringing new partners into the collaborative. Here’s how the Rockwood Community Collaborative began and is evolving.
Rockwood opened in 2016, a new construction, multifamily affordable apartment community adjacent to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. The original collaborative included the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Elementary School District, Innovative Housing Opportunities (IHO), and the Illumination Foundation. With 48 of the apartment homes serving families as part of the City of Anaheim’s Homeless Assistance Pilot Program (HAPP), initial efforts focused on helping residents achieve and maintain housing stability, improved health, and increased financial stability.
Jamboree used a design build strategy that included property space for prospective services, forming the Community Collaborative with local partners from the surrounding neighborhood during planning and development. Other partners included the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), Western Youth Services, and the Anaheim Central Library. Residents who were Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) clients living with a mental health diagnosis received clinical supportive services provided through Program of Assertive Community Treatment, an Orange County Healthcare Agency program.
Today, the Rockwood Community Collaborative is a transforming network of 10+ partners that includes many of the original partners such as Orange County Family Justice Center and the Dragon Kim Foundation, as well as new partners like Chrysalis, a nonprofit that is changing lives through jobs by offering residents complimentary services to prepare for, apply for, and keep jobs, with resume-building workshops and interview preparation, work wardrobe clothing, and bus passes to and from interviews.
The Community Collaborative fuels the success of quality affordable housing by creating a platform for real change, with a flexible adaptability that delivers improved outcomes where needed most – in education, nutrition and health, technology, and medical and mental health services. Needs and objectives are assessed annually, often leading to new partnerships that foster continued momentum. Going forward, the focus of the Rockwood Community Collaborative is evolving to include:
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