From Sacramento News & Review:
After years of behind the scenes work and collaborations between the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Itasker Hollins Community Economic Development Corporation and development partner Related California, a new affordable senior housing development on 39th street and Broadway began construction on July 28.
The new housing development in Oak Park is designed for seniors who are 62 years old or older and is located across the street from senior housing The Arbors.
“Projects like this don’t just provide a roof over these seniors’ heads, they provide a community,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg in a press release from Related California.
The 39th and Broadway development will be a three-story building that will include 43 units with 36 one-bedroom apartments and seven studio apartments. Twelve out of the 43 units will serve formerly homeless seniors whose rents will be subsidized by what is called a project-based rental assistance contract, according to Pastor Itasker Hollins Jr. of All Nations Church of God in Christ.
La Shelle Dozier, SHRA’s executive director, said 39th and Broadway will serve residents earning anywhere from 30% to 60% of the area median income.
“So let’s look at a one person household with the maximum income at 30% would be anyone making $22,550 or less. And then 50% is 37,500 and 60%, which is at the top, it would be under $45,060,” said Dozier. “So that gives you an idea.”
Additionally, she said, individuals who are formerly unhoused seniors will receive housing vouchers to live in the complex.
Dozier said senior housing is important because SHRA recognized that there are many seniors who are aging in place and need to move into more of an apartment situation — but Oak Park does not have a lot of senior housing available. So seniors were leaving the neighborhood to secure housing.
“We felt it was very important for them to continue to live in the neighborhoods that they had invested so much of their time and energy in,” Dozier said. “And so that’s really why we started to look at bringing the senior housing to Oak Park.”
Dozier said setting aside the 12 units for seniors who are formerly homeless, is an important initiative for the city of Sacramento to deal with homelessness.
“This is another opportunity for us to create those units that will help those needy seniors who, unfortunately, have fallen into a situation where they’re unhoused, secure housing,” said Dozier.
Read SN&R's article "New senior housing coming to Oak Park," featuring the Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency.