A $23 million affordable housing development in Fontana will offer 60 apartments for as low as $400 a month.
City leaders and representatives with Irvine-based developer Jamboree Housing Corporation broke ground Wednesday, Jan. 29, on the Ramona Avenue lot.
Since 2001, Jamboree has raised more than 350 affordable apartments in Fontana.
The nonprofit’s seventh and latest project in the city will transform a 4.31-acre blighted lot once owned by the San Gabriel Water Company into 60 affordable one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for families earning between 30% and 60% of the area median income, which was $71,000 in 2018, according to the US Census Bureau.
“We believe that housing is the platform for all community change and for everything else that ripples through,” Jamboree President and CEO Laura Archuleta said Wednesday. “Having high-quality affordable housing allows your kids to go to school and not worry about where they’re going to do their homework. It allows their parents to go to work and know they have a place to come home to. It allows them to have money to buy healthy food.
“All these rippling effects come out of high-quality affordable housing.”
In addition to housing and outdoor amenities, the Sierra Avenue Apartments complex will have a nearly 5,000-square-foot community building with recreation space, management offices, kitchen facilities and a computer lab for residents.
Health Clinic Included
A 3,000-square-foot health and wellness clinic, to be operated by the Cucamonga Valley Medical Group, also is planned for the site. There, residents and community members will have access to health education classes, flu shots, immunization services and sick childcare services.
The apartment complex will border Juniper Elementary School and be near City Hall.
Rents are expected to range from $400 to $1,120 a month, depending on the family size and income level.
“We’re serious about providing housing, and we’re battling to be able to do this kind of housing,” Mayor Acquanetta Warren said. “We’re looking at any option where we can have diverse housing for everyone. People get worked up when you say ‘affordable.’ This is attainable, where families can actually be transformed.
“We have families waiting, and we don’t want our families being homeless. We’ve got to provide housing.”
Sierra Avenue Apartments will be at 16839 Ramona Ave. in Fontana.