A Riverside contractor who worked with the city and a church to construct bungalow-style living quarters for homeless individuals and families will be honored with the city’s community service award next week.
Brian Jaramillo, president of Tilden-Coil Constructors Inc., was selected to be recipient of the 2018 City Spirit Award, which will be presented to him during the City Council meeting on June 18.
“Brian Jaramillo has given so much to Riverside, especially the least, last and lost, without expecting anything in return,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “That reflects the true spirit of this city.”
Jaramillo last year oversaw construction of The Grove Village, located on property belonging to Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Drive, in the Orangecrest area.
On a quarter-acre space previously used for volleyball, Tilden-Coil erected four 600-square-foot bungalow-style homes, finishing the $200,000 project in under six months.
The church selects residents for each bungalow, who can stay for unspecified durations while they focus on breaking addictions, acquiring job training and making progress toward other life goals that permit them to reach self-sufficiency and find more permanent housing situations, according to city officials.
Bailey and other city leaders laid the groundwork for cutting costs to expedite construction and fast-track environmental clearances. Tilden-Coil provided voluntary labor and other support.
Bailey said the village is part of the city’s “Housing First” initiative, which seeks public-private partnerships to create transitional living opportunities for the homeless.
The City Spirit Award recognizes “extraordinary deeds and community spirit, (focusing on residents who) demonstrate good citizenship and dedication to enhancing quality of life,” according to a city statement. There have been 24 recipients since 1995.