Located in a retail/commercial center of North Natomas, a suburb near downtown Sacramento, Vista Nueva is Permanent Supportive Housing for families and their children as well as transitional age youth (TAY) who are coming from or at risk of homelessness. Jamboree’s hotel conversion of this former Staybridge Suites transformed a four-story, well-maintained business travel property into a supportive housing community for households on very low, fixed incomes.
When Jamboree acquired the fully operational hotel, it was in turn-key condition with a community pool and centralized laundry as well as a kitchenette in each suite. Some 25,000 square feet of common space was transformed into a community room and kitchen, lounge area, after-school program rooms, and offices for onsite property management and Jamboree’s resident services staff.
Additional enhancements to the hotel conversion of Vista Nueva included new flooring, accessibility and fire life safety improvements, and energy-efficient lighting. Exterior upgrades include family-friendly amenities, new fencing and security system, a playground and pet area, and added landscaping to create a sense of home for residents. Each fully furnished apartment offers a small kitchen and a full, private bath.
The supportive services that Jamboree brings to this hotel conversion enhance the quality of life for the entire Natomas neighborhood by bringing neighbors from homelessness into housing. Along with a permanent home, residents have onsite access to trained professionals who provide services and support – including case management, life skills education, and opportunities for social connections and meaningful activities – that will keep them active, stable, and thriving in their local neighborhood.
Jamboree’s onsite resident services include adult education programming and after-school programs for students – brought to life in coordination with the Natomas Unified School District.
At its completion, Vista Nueva is Jamboree’s eighth collaboration with the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), a partnership that has produced 1,000+ units of affordable housing since 2007. This adds to Jamboree’s expanding portfolio of properties with thousands of households and residents throughout the Sacramento region.
Vista Nueva is truly a community effort in terms of project financing. To acquire, renovate, and operate the community long-term, Jamboree brought together various public sources – including project-based vouchers, state dollars, and financing from SHRA plus Homekey 2.0 funding, a continuing statewide effort to sustain and rapidly expand housing for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
Fifteen households designated for transitional age youth (TAY) receive funding provided by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and will have access to supportive services provided by Capital Star, the Sacramento County Department of Health Services’ full-service provider.
Ten apartments operate as interim housing. By definition, this is a housing situation where a person experiencing homelessness is eligible for permanent housing but is unable to move immediately into housing. In these cases, interim housing keeps the individual engaged with services while moving towards permanent housing. Like all residents at Vista Nueva, individuals are referred by participating agencies. After the first three years, these 10 homes convert to permanent housing.
Transforming an existing, well-maintained hotel into 116 supportive housing apartments strengthens the surrounding community. Hotel conversions are an efficient and cost-effective strategy to bring those experiencing homelessness into supportive housing that gets them off the street and provides the stability and support they need to thrive.
The goal of Vista Nueva is long-term housing stability that keeps residents active, social, and stable in their local neighborhood. Jamboree communities that take this approach to permanently house those experiencing homelessness consistently realize better than a 90% success rate in these residents avoiding a return to homelessness.