There is so much happening in Nevada County on the housing front.
The Cashin's Field development, at the intersection of Gold Flat Road and Zion Street in Nevada City, is visibly progressing. This multi-family low-income housing development will include 11 one-bedroom, 30 two-bedroom, and 15 three-bedroom units, as well as a manager’s unit. It will have a community building with managerial/leasing offices, a multi-purpose lounge, a kitchenette, and outdoor gathering spaces. All of the units will be rent-restricted for qualified residents with income ranging from 30% to 60% of the area median income ($66,096). The project is a partnership between the City of Nevada City, County of Nevada and Regional Housing Authority working with housing developer Central California Housing Corporation.
The Odyssey House, a County-owned adult residential facility where 24-hour support is provided to established Behavioral Health clients, has gone through a significant renovation over the past year and is nearly complete. Odyssey House is part of a social rehabilitation program that supports adults with serious mental illness transitioning to independent living by providing housing, on-site case management, and counseling services, while promoting daily living and vocational skills. Renovations were supported through an award of Community Development Block Grant funding in the amount of $4,072,507, which allowed the County to add six additional beds, as well as transform Odyssey House to a state-of-the-art facility.
At this facility, staff actively assist clients in the completion of chores, daily activities, and medication adherence. Individual counseling and group therapy are also provided. Most clients require close to a year of services to learn the skills necessary to transition to independent living.
And back in early October, I attended a ribbon cutting for nearly 300 new workforce housing units (in five new housing developments) that were added in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, adding much-needed options in a market that has traditionally struggled with affordable housing.
The five projects were the result of public-private partnerships that infused about $150 million into the local economy during their development, according to Placer County.
Fiona Ma, treasurer for the State of California, attended the ribbon cutting and spoke about state leadership’s efforts to address the housing crisis. She pointed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s allocation of $500 million in the last three fiscal years for state low-income tax credits, as well as $1.75 billion in the last budget to address the housing and community development backlog. The federal government also allocated about $1 billion in disaster credits for communities devastated by fire. Here is additional information on those projects.