Caring for Our Loved Ones
At Innovative Development and Living Solutions of California (IDLS), our mission is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing options for needy residents of California with a particular focus on the elderly and disabled.
What We Do
Non-Profit Housing Corporation
IDLS is a non-profit (501c3) niche market housing development corporation operating in Fresno County.
Affordable Senior Living
The primary goal of IDLS is to develop and operate affordable senior assisted living facilities targeted to low-income seniors.
Senior Niche Housing
In Fresno County alone, there is an estimated 50,000 seniors (65+) who could qualify to live in affordable assisted living, if option existed. A solution focused on compassionate care is exactly what Fresno needs.
Michael has 20 years of experience in urban planning, real estate, public policy, housing, redevelopment, and transportation planning. He is the former Housing and Community Development Manager for the City of Fresno where he successfully managed the creation of over 1,000 new affordable housing units. He founded Sigala Inc in 2007.
Michael’s experience also spans several years of private consultation with the California companies of Keyser Marston Associates and BAE. He was on the transition team for the Presidio of San Francisco, and has conducted market, feasibility, housing, and redevelopment studies for numerous localities across California.
Michael holds a Bachelors of Economics and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley where he concentrated on economic development and transportation planning. Michael Sigala is a native of Fresno, Ca.
Sue Austin has been an assisted living professional for over 20 years. She currently operates her own consulting firm that offers referral and placement services for seniors. This services helps to meet the needs of those in search of retirement/independent living, residential care, dementia care, and skilled nursing facilities. She meets with families, provides personal tours, visits different facilities, and answers the many difficult questions that come up during this process. Before owning her own company, Sue was the Executive Director for The Windham, one of Fresno’s largest senior communities, for over eight years. The Windham offers 200 unites of independent and assisted living and is a successful and well regarded community in Fresno.
Over the past 17 years Marisa has been involved in various capacities of multi-family and governmental development. In project management capacities she has overseen projects from site selection to certificate of occupancy. Specializing in elderly assisted living she has worked with and for some of the leading developers and operators in assisted living. She also has extensive experience in contract administration, program administration, facility maintenance, and property management.
Marisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Salvador Gonzales is Chief Operating Officer at Lance-Kashian & Company, and has been with the company since 2011. Sal comes with an extensive background in Governmental Affairs working for former Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Cruz Bustamante, since 1995. Later he started his own consulting business to support clients in the Central Valley, Southern, and Northern California. In 2009 he became a partner in a newly formed Redevelopment Agency consulting firm called The Triangle Associates.
Sal is responsible for day-to-day activities at Lance-Kashian & Company, Shops at River Park, Palmdon, and other entities. He is responsible for overseeing Property Management, Asset Management, and Office Administration. Sal holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. Mr. Gonzales was Board Member of the Tulare-Kings and Fresno-Madera BIA and is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers.
Leah Simon-Weisberg is the Legal Director of Tenants Together. Before joining TT, Leah was the managing attorney of the Anti-Predatory Lending and Home Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Practice at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA). Leah previously served as co-Executive Director of the Eviction Defense Network (EDN) in Los Angeles, California. At EDN, Leah litigated over 1,000 unlawful detainer cases on behalf of tenants facing eviction in Los Angeles County. Leah has extensive experience providing education to legal services providers and tenants facing eviction.
In The News
Magnolia Crossing, Clovis’ new assisted living community, invited future residents and their families to its Dec. 28 Open House event.
“This is really an event for potential residents,” said Michael Sigala, founder of Magnolia Crossing and Board President of Innovative Development and Living Solutions of California. “We like to educate people about our project, what it means to live here and have them take a look around and tour some of the units, and see how unique of a community this is.”
It’s not a luxury, resort-like community with fine dining. And it’s not a boarding house where a handful of people have bedrooms, but may share a bathroom, in a single-family home. Residents at Magnolia Crossing in Clovis, which expects to open in January, will have studio bedrooms with private bathrooms that open into common areas like the living room and kitchen. To encourage socialization, there are no long hallways or stairs and elevators, said developers Michael and Marisa Sigala.
The San Joaquin Valley community of Clovis is addressing a challenge shared by many others in Northern California: an increasing population of low- and moderate-income elders who need long-term care. Some elders already have Medi-Cal insurance and others spend down assets for care and become eligible for coverage. When some elders can no longer obtain this care while living at home or with family, they have very few alternatives.
When Michael and Marisa Sigala started planning Clovis’ newest senior assisted-living community, they had to decide what to do with the site’s single asset: a large black walnut tree.
Instead of discarding it, the developers saved the tree and hired a local artist to repurpose it.
“They’re going to turn it into spectacular outdoor benches, each custom and each really a work of art,” Michael Sigala said Friday as he watched the artist and his collaborator saw through an 8-foot section of the tree’s trunk.
Clovis will soon be home to Magnolia Crossing, a new senior assisted living center. With construction about 40 percent finished so far, the new center is expected to open its doors in November at the corner of Sierra Avenue and Highway 168.
But the project has already received recognition for its planning and design. The city honored the project at its city council meeting on June 5, awarding a plaque to founders Michael and Marisa Sigala.
$10M Clovis senior home taps unique financing model
The Business Journal
02-27-2017, 9:44 AM
CED Alumni Break Ground on Unprecedented Senior Living Community in Clovis
Startup nonprofit breaks ground on $10 million senior living community in Clovis designed for every income level
The Fresno Bee, Clovis Independent
02-16-2017, 4:19 PM
For Michael and Marisa Sigala, the development of a $10 million innovative senior assisted living community at Sierra Avenue and Hwy 168 is deeply personal.
$10M senior living center in Clovis to host groundbreaking
Clovis to get mixed-income senior assisted living community
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IDLS is seeking tax-deductible contributions for sponsoring key outdoor design elements for Magnolia Crossing.
*Pictures shown for illustrative purposes only
Not interested in a sponsorship but still want to donate to IDLS? Your gift will allow us to continue providing innovative and affordable housing options for elderly and disabled residents of California.