Housing Project in Oroville nears completion

Our Housing & Homeless team is putting the final touches on a project that aims to transform dozens of lives by giving the formerly unhoused a new place to call home.

“It’s amazing to see so many people with the same goal in trying to end homelessness, even if it’s just one small area at a time,” said Health and Human Services Program Analyst Pahua Thao.

Prospect View Apartments, located off Nelson Avenue in Oroville, is an affordable housing project consisting of 39 units. This includes 36 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments—all fully furnished and ready for move-in day. 

“It feels very satisfying to know that some of the clients whom we have worked with for months will be in a brand-new safe location with supportive services to work towards becoming permanently housed,” said Housing Navigator Troy McClanahan.

It was all hands on deck as moving trucks arrived, carrying loads of household supplies including cookware sets, brooms and paper towels. The Housing and Homeless team spent two days moving household supplies into all 39 units.

“As we were making the beds and putting the kitchens together, I was thinking about the people who will sleep there after months and years of sleeping outside in the heat and rain. They will wake up in a new apartment, walk into their new kitchen to make coffee and breakfast, shower in a clean bathroom, and have the ability to do more with their lives than just survive day to day,” said Housing Navigator Laura Smith.

Those who will reside at Prospect View were selected through careful outreach at homeless encampments in Gridley and surrounding areas of Butte County. 

“A lot of work has gone in to preparing the affordable housing complex, but it doesn’t compare to the amount of hours spent with each person that they found in encampments, the time spent building trusting relationships in order to get the documentation for each person completed and submitted and the day-to-day case management being provided.  I want to thank the team for all of their efforts, and I hope they are proud of the fact that they have helped 39 unsheltered households find a home,” said Housing and Homeless Administrator Briana Harvey-Butterfield.

The goal of the project is to provide a home and sense of stability to previously unhoused people. Instead of focusing solely on day-to-day survival—residents will be empowered to improve their lives and get back on their feet.

“Prospect View is creating a stable foundation for rebuilding their lives. Having a sense of ownership and a place to be proud to call their own will contribute to long-term positive outcomes in their lives,” said Housing Navigator Gabriell Beck.

“Prospect View has the potential to drastically change lives for individuals moving in by providing shelter, safety and a place to sleep which is a basic human living need.  This has the potential to encourage individuals to seek other resources to move forward in their life’s journey,” adds Senior Administrative Assistant Lisa Angle.

Residents at Prospect View will have access to a variety of on-site resources, including:

  • A large common area
  • Private case manager rooms
  • Ongoing access to a case manager through Butte County Behavioral Health/ Northern Valley Catholic Social Services
  • Gym
  • Laundry room
  • Barbecue area
  • Area for pets
  • Raised planters for a garden

Prospect View offers a chance at a new beginning, but our team acknowledges that the transition from living on the street to living in an apartment will be jarring for some.

“For many clients, the shift from homelessness to having a place they can call home can be overwhelming, given their lack of a stable living situation. I believe the transformation may take time, but with patience, ongoing efforts to build trust, and consistent support will bring a positive and lasting change for the tenants,” said Health and Human Services Program Analyst Wendy Lo.

While there are challenges ahead—the hope is that this project changes lives while becoming a statewide example for transformative change.

“It’s more low-income housing for a community that desperately needs it,” said Health and Human Services Program Analyst Kenneth Huenink. "This project could potentially be repeated throughout the state and used as a way to virtually eliminate unsheltered homelessness. I hope other local government and non-profit organizations that are pursuing projects like this in other areas are doing the same.”

“Prospect view will transform the tenant’s life by giving them stability. Stability is so important to one’s long-term well-being,” adds Housing Navigator Dee Price.

Final inspections are underway as residents are slated to begin moving into their homes during the second week of February.