Jamboree Housing Corporation, a local nonprofit developer, in partnership with the City of Anaheim, is proposing the transformation of an existing Econo Lodge Motel into 69 studio units of affordable housing for veterans, individuals living with a mental illness, and the formerly homelessness.
What’s the latest?
The City of Anaheim is doing its part to address homelessness and provide creative housing solutions with a new ordinance that facilitates the conversion of existing motels and other commercial and office structures to much needed housing. The first of such conversions is Jamboree's Econo Lodge. We applaud our city partners in Anaheim for doing their part in the County of Orange's plan and commitment to fund construction of 2,700 supportive housing units over the next three to five years -- ending chronic homelessness in OC.
At the end of July 2019, the Anaheim city council took a first step and authorized a memo of understanding with Jamboree to rehabilitate the motel at 2691 W. La Palma Avenue. This is the first project to be pursued under a new city ordinance that allows renovation of motels into affordable housing.
What does community outreach look like?
The first meeting was on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 6pm, and the second meeting will be on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7 pm in the conference room on the second floor at Econo Lodge, 2691 W. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA.
What was on the agenda at the first meeting?
- Who is Jamboree?
- What’s involved in the proposed renovation of the property (design, elevations, amenities)?
- What other changes are being made to the property?
- What kind of onsite services will be provided?
- Other questions from the community?
What was discussed at the first meeting?
Jamboree Permanent Supportive Housing, also referred to as Supportive Housing, combines affordable housing with best-practice services for individuals and families with disabilities and a lengthy history of homelessness. At the proposed community, this model will serve a variety of residents based on different funding sources. For example, potential residents can be referred from and funded by the County of Orange, Anaheim Housing Authority, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In addition, there will be a live/work preference for Anaheim residents and workers for units funded by the Anaheim Housing Authority. All residents who qualify are chronically homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) unit qualifications
Individuals with a clinical diagnosis of mental illness from a healthcare provider – and who are coming from homelessness – qualify for Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) units. Examples of the types of mental health diagnoses include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Property value impact
Jamboree has no evidence that this type of housing negatively impacts property values.
Homelessness, the process to become a resident, and conditions of residency
Unlike temporary shelters, Jamboree’s Permanent Supportive Housing – including this new community – operates as a permanent supportive apartment community, where individuals must qualify for this specific housing and are referred to the property from participating agencies. There will be no onsite intake center for those experiencing homelessness.
Like residents at other Jamboree Permanent Supportive Housing communities, residents at this property will sign a one-year lease that outlines house rules – including parameters about how long guests can stay with residents – as part of their lease agreement. Residents will be evicted if they don’t follow these rules. The eviction rate at Jamboree’s other six Anaheim apartment communities is .56%, which is lower than the national average of 2.34%.
Crime and security
There is no evidence that crime in the neighborhood or calls to law enforcement increase. In fact, affordable housing helps maintain a stable population. Jamboree developments have onsite staff that watch for the safety of the neighborhood as well as our own residents.
Our staff is well trained to work with local law enforcement to report any unsafe activity and to ensure that our residents and members of the surrounding neighborhood are acting responsibly. Standard security measures at this property will include security cameras and a gated pedestrian/vehicle entry into the property.
Onsite parking requirements are based on state parking codes for these types of communities. At other similar Single Room Occupancy (SRO) communities that Jamboree has developed, only 9% of residents own a vehicle. Based on this, the parking needs at Econo Lodge will be exceeded.