Permanent Supportive Housing
As a long-term solution to addressing homelessness in Woodland, the City is working to partner with community non-profits and affordable housing developers to increase the number of affordable housing units, and in particular, housing for individuals and families at the lowest income levels. Often, these individuals also require supportive services in order to remain housed.
Under the HUD’s Housing First guidelines for ending homelessness, federal grant funding is being prioritized for construction of new permanent supportive housing units. In the past, federal funds focused on emergency shelters, temporary/transitional housing and services.
Housing First is an effort to transition homeless individuals into housing as a first priority, with appropriate wrap-around supportive services. Additional information can be found by clicking here for HUD's Permanent Supportive Housing brief.
Woodland Micro Neighborhood
With the goal of increasing affordable housing, the City conceived of Woodland Micro-Neighborhood, a mixed-income development of approximately 100 for-rent single and duplex micro-dwellings that will include individuals who are homeless. It will emerge in three phases over three years. The first phase, comprised of 60 micro-houses, will provide shelter for the most vulnerable—those who are homeless or unstably housed. Phases two and three will yield an additional 40 micro-houses for those with moderate incomes. Manufactured homes will range in size from 320 square feet studios to two bedrooms.
Progress regarding Phase One for those who are homeless includes the following:
- In July, the City received notification of a grant from the Partnership HealthPlan’s Innovation Fund as seed money toward first 60 micro-dwellings.
- Partners on the first phase of the project are Friends of Mission as the property owner and developer. Woodland nonprofit agencies Fourth and Hope and Woodland Opportunity Village will operate the programs on-site.
- Staff and partners are considering different sites and exploring other public and private funding opportunities. The project is estimated to cost approximately $5.5 million for the first 60 homes, an average of $95,000 per unit.
The City and project partners are preparing a grant application to position the project for competitive grant funding under the State’s $2 billion No Place Like Home bond program for individuals who are in need of mental health services. Grant applications are expected to be due by December 2018 / January 2019.
This page will be updated periodically updated with information on the City’s efforts to provide permanent supportive housing.