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West Sac & Yolo County try pilot project: housing homeless in motel

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 29, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento and County of Yolo are about to kick off a $100,000 project to house at least 71 homeless people in a “housing first” pilot project.

The “Bridge to Housing Pilot Project” includes a community cleanup of the city’s north levee area (a longtime dwelling spot for local homeless) on Saturday, Nov. 8. The subjects of the project will move into their new housing on Nov. 12, reports Beth Gabor, spokesperson for the County of Yolo.

The motel chosen to be the new housing site has not been determined, she told the News-Ledger.

Gabor said in a press statement that “the riverbank in West Sacramento has long attracted people experiencing homelessness, especially along what is referred to as the North Levee (publicly and privately owned parcels north of the Broderick Boat Ramp).”

“The North Levee area currently has an established community of approximately 71 people experiencing homelessness, 47 dogs and 22 cats,” she added. “Members of this homeless community have lived there, without trash service or running water, for an average of 4.5 years, with some members homeless there for ten years or more.”

Police and city workers periodically try to clear the area, she said, but the homeless have always returned.

After a community collaboration, city and county officials have decided to try a new approach: putting a roof over the heads of the homeless and then trying to provide them with needed services. This approach is often called a “housing first” model, in contrast to other models that only allow a homeless person into a housing project after the person first meets other conditions such as treating a drug habit.

This “limited population” project includes the following elements, reports Gabor:
Initial Outreach

— North Levee Clean Up Day (November 8) – Requested by the homeless residents as a way to give back to the community for its assistance with donations and the assistance of United Christian Centers, Waste Management, Ethan Conrad and Home Depot, to name a few

— Moving Day (Target: November 12) – Participating members (71 residents already identified) will move to a temporary housing location. There will be opportunities for a pet clinic, public health assessment, laundry, transportation and a move into a temporary housing site

— Pets will be allowed to go with their owners to temporary housing but some may have to pare down; pet owners are aware of this

— Yolo County Animal Services will be providing a cleaning station, immunizations and medication, as well as solutions for pets that may need to be surrendered

— Triage, Assessment and Application – During the 60 to 120 day stay in housing, 71 already identified members will participate in applying for benefits for which they may be eligible, including job training and assistance, chemical dependency, disabled benefits, counseling and other services.  In addition, they will apply for available permanent housing programs for which they may be eligible

— Ongoing Services – Includes mental health, substance abuse, medical services and case management

— Placement in Permanent Housing – Includes ongoing and, in some cases, intensive case management to help them succeed in their new housing.

Partners in the project include the following, added Gabor:

County of Yolo, including County Administrator’s Office, Employment & Social Services, Environmental Health, Health Services, Probation and Animal Services;
City of West Sacramento, including the Police Department and City Manager’s Office; Legal Services of Northern California

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Conservation group invites you to visit threatened West Sacramento trees

A row of about a 'baker's dozen' old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge.  The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

A row of about a ‘baker’s dozen’ old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge. The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 —

The next phase of a housing project near the Tower Bridge threatens the existence of about a dozen large trees along West Capitol Avenue between 3rd and 5th streets.

The Capital Courtyards project by Wolff Enterprises of Arizona envisions over 300 units of apartments — and a partially-underground garage that would necessitate removal of the trees.

West Sacramento’s Lana Paulhamus and the West Sacramento Conservancy would like the city council to say ‘no.’  They’ve asked for the development plan to be re-drawn.

The trees are identified by the city as London plane trees, and by the Conservancy as a rare sycamore.

Interested people are invited to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 5th and G to walk to the site.

For the News-Ledger’s report on the first phase of the project — and the removal of a different row of trees — visit www.westsac.com/blog/2012/12/10/big-old-trees-stand-in-the-way-of-new-development-in-west-sac/

 

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West Sac breaks ground for apartments near Tower Bridge and Raley Field

Pictured at the groundbreaking, left to right: City Manager Martin Tuttle; Community Development Director Charline Hamilton; The Wolff Company’s Development Team Manager Dan Nethercott; The River Cats’ Dinger; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; and David Mogavero, Principal Architect, Mogavero Notestine Associates. (Information & photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

Pictured at the groundbreaking, left to right: City Manager Martin Tuttle; Community Development Director Charline Hamilton; The Wolff Company’s Development Team Manager Dan Nethercott; The River Cats’ Dinger; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; and David Mogavero, Principal Architect, Mogavero Notestine Associates.
(Information & photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 14, 2013 —

The Wolff Company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 8, at the West Sacramento location of their new development, The Capitol Yards. The new apartment project represents an important piece of the City of West Sacramento’s plan for a redeveloped riverfront.

The project is located at 777  5th St., near Raley Field, the Tower Bridge and the ziggurat building. The first phase, with 270 apartment units, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.

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Project near Tower Bridge starts up

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 7, 2013 —

West Sacramento officials on Thursday will celebrate the groundbreaking of a 272-unit “infill” housing project near West Capitol Avenue, Raley Field and the ziggurat building.

  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will join the Wolff Company development team and architect David Mogavero for an 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 777 5th Street.

  The “Capital Yards” project sits on 8.5 acres just north of the Tower Bridge gateway, bordered by Third, Fifth and G Streets. The project has also been called “Tower Bridge Commons.”

  A second phase of the project will later bring the number of housing units to 378, architect David Mogavero told the News-Ledger.

  Said the website of Mogavero Notestine Associates, the architect:

  “There are two building types in two phases: phase 1 consists of courtyard buildings that include 270 studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units; and phase 2, our Tower Bridge Gateway building, four stories tall with structured parking that includes live/work, studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units. Combined, both phases will build out to 350 units.”

   The courtyard buildings will have tuck-under, garage parking.

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