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Posted on: March 21, 2022

City of Woodland Awarded $15.8M in California Homekey Funding

The City of Woodland has been notified of a $15.8 million Homekey award to support completion of phase 2 of the East Beamer Way campus, including 60 locally manufactured permanent supportive housing units. 

The City partnered with the nonprofit Friends of the Mission to develop the East Beamer Way campus at 1901 E. Beamer Street, a facility that will offer many collocated services and housing options to support people experiencing homelessness. In addition to Homekey funding, Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), Dignity Health Woodland Memorial Hospital, and the Sutter Foundation have made significant contributions toward the project. The permanent supportive housing units will be manufactured by Woodland’s own Cutting Edge Modular. 

“Transformative projects like East Beamer Way happen through partnerships, and we are fortunate to work with a committed group of private, nonprofit, and government funders,” said Ken Hiatt, Woodland City Manager. “Woodland is committed to evidence-based solutions, and we know that permanent supportive housing leads to better outcomes for the most vulnerable unhoused individuals.”

At full buildout, the East Beamer Way campus will provide temporary and permanent housing for 170 people and substance abuse treatment capacity for 60 people. Project partner Fourth & Hope operates the 100-person emergency shelter and will operate the 60-bed treatment program. Case management for people living in the permanent support housing units will be provided by Fourth & Hope and Yolo County.  

Phase 1, the emergency shelter, opened in January 2021 with temporary facilities for laundry, restrooms, showers, and food prep and service. Completion of phase 1 will include a community center, permanent restrooms, a permanent kitchen, and six individual units.

Phase 2, the Permanent Supportive Housing component, is now under construction. Project partners anticipate that people experiencing homelessness will begin moving into these units in Summer 2022. 

Phase 3, a new “Walter’s House” substance abuse treatment center, will be fully operational in Summer 2023. Friends of the Mission is seeking California state project funding for the treatment center. 

“This project will provide a model for the continuum of services for people in need of help and housing. Emergency housing, permanent supportive housing, and substance abuse treatment will be available to those in need of help,” said Scott Thurmond, executive director for Friends of the Mission. 

California has awarded $514 million for over 1,800 units across 26 projects as part of the expanded $2.75 billion Homekey program, a key component of the State’s plan to tackle homelessness. In the coming years, these investments will provide more than 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots in California.

Questions? Reach out to Spencer Bowen at spencer.bowen@cityofwoodland.org 

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