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Roseville unveils first affordable housing project

Lohse Apartments now ready to move in
By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Downtown Roseville unveiled the city’s first affordable housing project last week at the Lohse Apartments’ grand opening. This is one of three affordable housing projects in the works for Roseville residents, according to city officials.  

“Affordable housing is housing built with federal, state and local subsidies to make housing accessible to the local workforce like those in an entry level position,” said Roseville city housing manager Danielle Foster. “Projects like the Lohse Apartments also provide housing for the disabled in the community and those on fixed incomes like senior citizens.”  

There is great demand and need for housing statewide, according to Foster.

“With more demand than available housing, those with low incomes or fixed incomes have the greatest difficulty competing in the market,” Foster said. “Data in our community and communities throughout California shows evidence of households paying more than half of their income toward housing.”

There are income restrictions for Lohse Apartment residents, Foster said, and credit and background checks are required for all residents. Registered sex offenders and individuals with a violent criminal history are not accepted.

Residents started moving into the Lohse Apartments last November and there is now a waiting list for the apartments, according to Foster.

The apartments have 58 units, comprised of one bedroom/one bath (508 to 561 square feet), two bedroom/two bath (741 to 880 square feet) and three bedroom/two bath (1,029 to 1,070 square feet) units.

Foster said that Roseville has a long-standing commitment to affordable housing.

“Since 1989, the city has had a policy of requiring a minimum of 10 percent of new housing subdivisions to be set aside for affordable housing,” Foster said. “The barista serving your coffee, the hairstylist cutting your hair, your grandmother on social security or your daughter’s best friend and single mother could all need an affordable quality place to live that affordable housing can provide.”

Roseville Vice-Mayor Krista Bernasconi at the project’s ribbon cutting last week praised the city’s commitment for low-income housing.

“This project represents a significant investment in our city’s downtown and I’m thankful to city staff, Mercy Housing and the many council members who came before me who never abandoned their vision of creating housing in the core of our downtown,” Bernasconi said. “As a city, we have been committed to ensuring downtown is a thriving business district and now a place for some to call home. Each of our council members has strong ties to downtown, both in our personal and civic roles. Councilmembers John Allard and Pauline Roccucci have supported this project since its inception with Mercy years ago, council member Scott Alvord owned a business for many years here on Vernon Street, and between my current business and my family’s business, we've been on Vernon Street for 40 years.”  

Bernasconi proudly recognized artwork displayed in the apartments’ main lobby.

“As a veteran, I am particularly proud that artwork in the lobby was created by women veterans in partnership with the Women Veterans Alliance and each floor of the complex features work by a different local artist,” Bernasconi said.

Bernasconi also made it clear that Mercy Housing played a big role with the development.

“The city is grateful to partner with an affordable housing expert like Mercy Housing in the production of much-needed affordable housing,” Bernasconi said. “It provides affordable options for our local workforce and stabilizes housing costs. We think this will benefit our local economy.”