Community Celebrates Grand Opening of Senior Affordable Housing

Laurel at Perennial Park serves as a model of disaster recovery in Santa Rosa
November 16, 2023
Photo of HCD Deputy Director Sasha Hauswald standing at a podium and speaking in front of Laurel at Perennial Park housing complex.

HCD Deputy Director Sasha Hauswald speaking at the grand opening ceremony.

Santa Rosa, CA —  

Barbara King lost her home in the Tubbs Fire that tore through California communities from Calistoga to Santa Rosa in October 2017.

“Your house was over there and now it’s gone,” said King. “Everything…everything that I had in the world was gone.”

These communities worked diligently to recover and rebuild from the resulting devastation. Now, six years later, King is happily moved into her new home at Laurel at Perennial Park.

“No more tears. I put all that away,” said King at the recent grand opening of Laurel, a senior housing complex in Santa Rosa. Laurel stands at the site of King’s previous home, the former Journey’s End Mobile Home Park that was destroyed in the fire.

The grand opening held on October 27, 2023, celebrated the completion of the first two phases of affordable housing. When all three phases are complete, Laurel will boast 162 affordable apartment units for seniors and various indoor and outdoor community spaces, all within close distance to amenities, services, and transit.

Photo of Laurel at Perennial Park housing complex  

A project of Burbank Housing and Related California, Laurel at Perennial Park was made possible in part by nearly $14.4 million dollars from the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program. HCD administers federal funding for communities throughout California to help them recover, rebuild, and become resilient after natural disasters including fires, earthquakes, and floods.

To hear of Barbara’s story and learn more about Laurel at Perennial Park, please view the videos below.