Rebuilding for the Future

July 8, 2024
People holding ceremonial shovels at groundbreaking ceremony.

Paradise, CA —  

HCD recently joined in celebrating the groundbreaking of Cypress Family Apartments, a new 70-unit affordable housing project in Paradise, California.

Specifically designed for large family households earning from 30-60 percent of the Area Median Income, the Cypress Family and Senior Apartments development has been a dream for many. A project of the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), Mercy Housing, and Zen Development Consultants LLC, this multi-building complex is part of a much larger 24-acre plan incorporating senior housing a community center, two playgrounds, laundry facilities, a dog park, a community garden, and a central green.

Cypress Family Apartments is supported by more than $14 million in funds from HCD‘s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Multifamily Housing Program (DR-MHP). Working with local governments and developers in areas impacted by disasters, HCD’s DR-MHP helps communities build multifamily housing projects and generate crucial affordable housing units.

“I have the wonderful privilege of thanking our amazing partners for doing hard things like rebuilding the community,” said CHIP President Seana O’Shaughnessy. “It takes persistence, creativity, and partnership.”

The 2018 Camp Fire devastated Paradise, destroying nearly 14,000 homes. Today, Paradise continues to rebuild, creating a stronger infrastructure and more affordable housing options for its displaced and returning residents. HCD is honored to partner with both the Town of Paradise and Butte County in rebuilding a healthy community of opportunity for disaster survivors.

Watch HCD’s Disaster Recovery video series to learn more about our disaster recovery programs and the communities they serve.