CHICO, Calif. – The Jamboree Housing Corporation will break ground on Tuesday on a new apartment complex near Park Avenue, where the old Jesus Center used to be.
This project will provide 59 apartments for low-income families, vulnerable seniors and people with special needs.
“Obviously, these are people with very special needs and we are happy to put a roof over their house to provide them with permanent accommodation. Plus, being able to provide the services they need to ensure they live their lives to the fullest,” said Jamboree Housing Development Manager Michael Massie.
There are 20 studios, 30 one-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment. Each has a fridge, microwave, lighting and carpeting. It will cost between $366 and $942 per month depending on household size and income.
“This is a development we have never seen of this nature in the history of this community,” Butte County Housing Authority Executive Director Ed Mayer said.
Mayer tells Action News Now, several affordable housing projects are underway. These projects are in response to all the fires that have affected this community.
“Normally in our non-profit work if we produce an affordable housing property every three to five years we are doing good. Right now we have about 20 properties being developed simultaneously and that’s is really a disaster response function,” says Mayer.
The Jesus Center signed a contract with Jamboree to allow them to use this land for the project. Representatives from both discussed the needs that must be met with each apartment.
“Well, we want everyone to have a good quality of life, and why that might mean different things to different people, we try to find the place with the most commonalities and build from there,” said Jesus Center executive director Amber Abney-Bass. .
The apartment complex will have a community center, computer lab and outdoor picnic area along with other amenities. It should be finished in the summer of 2023.
The groundbreaking is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Crews will begin constructing the apartments as soon as the old Jesus Center is demolished, but they must first clean up the contaminated soil around the building.