By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald
July 14, 2017
For all its positive attributes, one thing that has been in short supply in American Canyon is affordable senior housing. A solution to that problem is set to break ground next week.
The groundbreaking for the Valley View Senior Homes project, set for Thursday in an event open to the public, “presents a special opportunity to build a senior community in American Canyon that offers a high level of amenities, partnered with on-site social services for older adults with modest financial means,” city officials said in a press release.
On Thursday, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) officially launches the Valley View Senior Homes project, slated to include 70 apartment and cottage-style homes, all of them affordable to very low and extremely low-income seniors and veterans aged 55 and over.
Scheduled speakers at the ceremony include Mayor Leon Garcia, state Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Napa County Board of Supervisor Chair Belia Ramos, funders, and housing advocates. There will also be refreshments and special guests.
Valley View Senior Homes is one of 17 California projects to receive funding through Proposition 41 and the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program, officials said.
Of the 70 planned units, 22 will be set aside for veterans with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income. Of those, 17 units will serve homeless veterans through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing — or VASH — program.
Also, the Veterans Health Administration will provide medical treatment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and on-site case management for the project’s veteran households, officials said.
“Residents will enjoy a beautifully landscaped community that incorporates the highest standards of green building and sustainable design as well as a robust selection of on-site services and activities to support wellness, independent living, and aging-in-place,” they said. “Amenities will include a one-story Community Clubhouse with double-height vaulted ceilings, a large dining room with adjacent full kitchen facilities, a lounge area, craft room, computer lab, and laundry room. The adjoining terrace and bocce ball court offer views of the community making it a natural gathering place, and the nearby community garden area contains ample planting beds.”