Rockwood Apartments is an innovative new multifamily development that provides stable housing and support services for 48 formerly homeless children and their families in Orange County, as well as 15 permanent supportive housing units for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) clients living with mental illness. The property includes six affordable apartments for large families.
Forty-eight of the apartments serve families who are part of the Homeless Assistance Pilot Program (HAPP) which is a collaboration among the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Union School District and the Illumination Foundation. See how the affordable housing development is helping to end homelessness – a 10-year struggle that came to an end for one formerly homeless family.
Developed in a joint venture partnership with Innovative Housing Opportunities (IHO), Rockwood Apartment Homes is the first new construction property completed entirely by Quality Development & Construction, a part of Jamboree’s Housing Development Group and the dedicated licensed general contractor for Jamboree projects. The craftsman-style architecture features windows styled with a stained-glass treatment and public art at the property entrance. To enhance community support from the early planning stages, Jamboree held a competition with local students to name the new property. Involving neighborhood school children helped bring a sense of ownership to the community.
Jamboree brought together a nexus of public and private funding sources and community partners to make Rockwood a reality, including the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim School District, and the Illumination Foundation. As part of Jamboree’s community impact strategy, these partners will collaborate to make much needed services – both for families and permanent supportive services for MHSA clients – available to residents.
An onsite resident services coordinator will provide 20 hours each of both adult education programming and after-school programs for students every month. 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 housing stability, improved health and increased financial stability. Residents can participate in IHO’s Economic Self Reliance ™ (ESR) – an ongoing financial empowerment program that helps residents develop skills and resilience that provide stability and financial security, maximize income and leverage savings into assets as they become self-reliant and transition to market-rate housing.
Jamboree will continue to partner with the City of Anaheim, community organizations, mental health service providers, and property management to maintain and preserve Rockwood as quality affordable housing for the long-term. Rockwood fills a crucial gap in housing for formerly homeless families and permanent supportive housing for those living with chronic mental illness. The result? Stronger, more stable communities with residents who can thrive in school, their neighborhoods and the workplace.
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