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Low-income housing project to break ground in Citrus Heights by summer

Sunrise apartments, Citrus Heights
A conceptual view provided by the developer shows plans for a 47-unit apartment complex at 7424 Sunrise Blvd. // Image courtesy: Jamboree

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Construction on a $23 million low-income supportive housing project in Citrus Heights is on track to begin later this year, according to the nonprofit organization spearheading the project.

The project, called Sunrise Pointe, will fill the old Abel’s Christmas Tree lot at 7424 Sunrise Blvd. and will provide permanent housing and on-site supportive services for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, those with psychiatric disabilities, and those with low or very low-income levels.

Tenants will also be required to contribute 30% of their income to rent, which helps qualify the development as an affordable housing project.

Hope Cooperative, formerly known as TLCS, is the nonprofit in charge of the project. CEO Erin Johansen said the project will include two buildings that will house 11 one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units, and 12 three-bedroom units, each ranging from 622-square-feet to 1,050-square-feet in size.

Eighteen of the units will be reserved for those with a psychiatric disability. Parking will largely be along the perimeter of the 2.35-acre lot.

Sunrise Pointe, Abels Christmas Tree lot
A map provided in Planning Commission documents shows the proposed project site for a 47-unit low-income housing development at 7424 Sunrise Blvd.

The project was originally approved by the City Council two years ago, with the elimination of a proposed dog park and the addition of an 8-foot masonry wall around the perimeter resulting after opposition arose from some neighbors. Other accommodations included a requirement for mature trees to be included in landscaping to enhance screening, and the reduction in height of portions of buildings that face adjacent residences to two stories, down from the original three-story height.

An easement issue that arose during the process was also “cleared to move forward,” Johansen said.

From 2019: City Council approves supportive housing project in Citrus Heights

The CEO said lining up financing for the project took the longest, but that phase has now been completed, she wrote in an email update on Saturday. She said final documents are slated to go to the County Board of Supervisors in April, which must sign off on the project due to state and federal funding involved.

“Construction will commence soon after and is projected to take 18 months,” Johansen said. Jamboree Housing Corporation is the lead developer.

Hope Cooperative currently operates seven residential housing properties in the Sacramento region, offering a mix of interim, transitional and permanent supportive housing options. The new Sunrise Pointe project will have a live-in property manager as well as on-site staff to assist with job training, budgeting and other services.

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