Affordable housing units now open in downtown Roseville
The city to continue momentum with an additional 145 units soon
The City of Roseville has 58 brand new family housing apartments – and they’re all affordable. Earlier this month, Roseville, the largest city in Placer County, held a grand opening for the first affordable housing complex in downtown. The new Lohse Apartments were built by Mercy Housing, one of the nation’s largest affordable housing organizations, which works to build healthy communities for all people.
The new development is part of the city’s work to address its lack of affordable housing. With a median income of $80,400, 20 percent above the Sacramento region overall, Roseville presents livability challenges for many. Despite the overall higher income, the city still has many workers earning much less, working in various sectors that support the local economy and needs of residents, such as the food and retail industry, and they need homes they can afford.
Danielle Foster, Roseville Housing Manager, told the Sacramento Bee that “[an] affordable housing development in the downtown provides an opportunity for the workforce to live locally while also providing foot traffic to the businesses in the area.” Additionally, developments such as these promote infill development to help the region meet greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The Lohse apartments will help meet the need for the local Roseville workforce that makes between $20,800 to $44,600 a year, or 30 to 60 percent of the median income, who often work entry level positions or low-wage service and manufacturing jobs. Seniors and individuals on fixed incomes who face physical challenges will also be able to take advantage of the new apartments.
The Lohse Apartments is the first of three new affordable apartment complexes that will come into the city, with the additional two buildings coming into Roseville’s Old Town neighborhood, providing 145 additional units for a total of 203 units.
The Lohse apartments and the two future developments will help meet the city’s general plan goal of 10 percent of all new housing units being affordable.