An area once referred to as “heroin ally” in Olivehurst is in the process of being transformed.
Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Hope Vista, a transitional housing project being spearheaded by the Salvation Army, marked a new beginning for the area.
The land owned by the Salvation Army Yuba-Sutter Corps along Riverside Drive will be the site of eight two-bedroom homes that, once constructed, will initially house families displaced by the Camp Fire.
Julius Murphy, a major with the Salvation Army Yuba/Sutter Corps, said the purpose of transitional housing is to help those who are experiencing homelessness transition into permanent housing with guidance and help.
“In addition to providing the housing, we are also providing case management supportive services,” Murphy said.
While living in the transitional houses, Murphy said, the Salvation Army will provide Camp Fire families with case managers for 12 to 18 months to expedite the process of identifying permanent housing.
Murphy said the families will be selected by the Salvation Army’s long-term recovery team in Butte County.
The furnished homes will come fully equipped with bedrooms, bathrooms, a living and dining room, and a washer/dryer unit.
One bedroom will have two sets of bunk beds and the living room couches will be convertible to accommodate families of various sizes.
“It’s a fully functioning home,” Murphy said.
Four of the eight homes are currently sponsored for furnishings, and the Salvation Army is seeking donations to furnish the remaining houses.
“Salvation Army is making a considerable investment not only for the Camp Fire victims but for transitional housing in Yuba County, and they are a tremendous partner to work with,” Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf said.
Murphy said the homes are set to be move-in ready by January 2020.
“The Salvation Army is there until the need is no longer there,” Murphy said. “We’re in it for the long haul, it’s going to be years until the need is no longer there.”
For more information about donating or the Hope Vista transitional housing project, email Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.