At a ceremony held on May 24, Jamboree Housing Corporation officially opened Ascent, a new permanent supportive housing development in the Orange County community of Buena Park.

The project, the third built by Jamboree in Buena Park, converted a former two-story motel at 8180 Commonwealth Avenue into  57 homes for the region's unhoused population. The apartments are studio units, all of which feature new windows, cabinetry, vinyl plank flooring, and kitchenettes with stove tops and refrigerators. The project also added a new 2,744-square-foot community center to the property, with space for counseling rooms, small meetings, a kitchen, a lounge, and outdoor gathering areas.

Residents will have access to services including medication management assistance, mental health counseling, and general life skills training. The Orange County Healthcare Agency’s Adult and Older Adult Behavioral Health Division will be the service provider for the 28 units set aside for residents with a mental health diagnosis.

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“Ascent is a long-awaited development, not just for the City of Buena Park, but for all advocates who support innovative and thoughtful solutions to ending permanent homelessness,” said Jamboree president and chief executive officer Laura Archuleta in a press release. “This beautiful new development proves that we can address our region’s most challenging issue when we work together.”

The $23.3-million project, which will serve households earning no more than 50 percent of the area median income level, was funded through a combination of County and State funds, as well as tax credit equity and a traditional bank loan.

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