Placer County and Mercy Housing welcome a new 79-unit affordable housing community in North Auburn

Published May 11, 2022

Placer County and Mercy Housing California hosted a grand opening ceremony today, welcoming 79-units of affordable housing within the Placer County Government Center campus in Auburn. Mercy North Auburn at Rock Creek features three 3-story apartment buildings and one 2-story townhouse building. This new community is a collaborative effort between Mercy Housing California and Placer County.

“Affordable housing is just the beginning of what makes a healthy community thrive,” said Mercy Housing California President Doug Shoemaker. “We are proud to partner with Placer County to deliver this new 79-home affordable community in the heart of North Auburn."

Placer County contributed three acres of property, housing vouchers, and funding from two state grants totaling more than $4.5 million. With financial support from California’s No Place Like Home Program, the Placer County Adult System of Care is providing referrals and case management for residents of 20 of the new homes.

“I believe there are few issues more critical to the health and well-being of our county than providing more affordable housing to our residents,” said Placer County District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson. “We can go so much farther and achieve more for our residents when the public and private sectors come together, like we’ve done here at Mercy North Auburn at Rock Creek.”

The property boasts community spaces, outdoor greenspaces and play equipment for children. With support from Placer Community Foundation, local artists Norm Tucker and Stan Padilla created artwork for the grounds that honors the area’s Maidu, Miwok and Nisenan tribes and affirms the power of the area’s natural elements.

Photos from the opening ceremony can be found here.