Oct 21Residents Celebrate Successes at 1801 West Capitol
After years of planning and advocacy by West Sacramento leaders, the dedication of 1801 West Capitol felt particularly significant to residents, partners, and staff of Mercy Housing California (MHC). This new 85-home service-enriched community is the first permanent supportive housing development in West Sacramento, providing much-needed housing for local residents who have experienced homelessness – a group whose ranks have grown over the last decade.
The architecturally striking community was recently recognized as a Sacramento Business Times Project of the Year, and residents are currently thriving with the support of Mercy Housing resident services and case management partners Telecare and CommuniCare.
“These new homes demonstrate what happens when Mercy Housing has the opportunity to partner with local government leaders who have a strong vision for addressing homelessness,” said MHC President Doug Shoemaker. Officials within the City of West Sacramento and Yolo County showed fierce determination and creativity throughout the financing and development of 1801 West Capitol – and when resident Veronica shared her story at the dedication event this summer, it was clear to all that this partnership effort had paid off.
After experiencing two years of chronic homelessness, Veronica was thrilled when she and her husband got word that they had secured a home at 1801 West Capitol. While both took advantage of the fresh start and enjoyed a few months of stability after moving in, her husband tragically passed away in March of 2022. At the dedication, Veronica described the way she drew strength from participating in onsite resident services, programs, and counseling led by Mercy Housing and CommuniCare.
“It’s inspired me to go back to school to become a drug and alcohol counselor, and I’ve even started looking for employment with job readiness skills I’ve gained through the programs,” said Veronica. “I have hope for the future knowing that there are people out there that care about me, and I look forward to experiencing many more successes during the next chapter of my life.”
Funders and Partners:
Funders: Bank of America, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the City of West Sacramento, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Yolo County Housing, Dignity Health.
Case Management Partners: CommuniCare and Telecare
General Contractor: Tricorp
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