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Homeless housing microunits planned for Davis nonprofit

KCRA Sacramento logo KCRA Sacramento 6/13/2019
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Davis Community Meals and Housing has been providing services for low-income residents and those experiencing homelessness for 25 years.

“A soup kitchen, a resource center, helping folks pay their rent and utilities to housing,” executive director Bill Pride said. “For the last number of years, we’re probably getting anywhere from 75 to 110 folks coming into this building every day.”

Pride has been executive director since 2001 but has been with the nonprofit since it bought the property on 11th and H streets in 1994.

The facility is a converted home and has six bunk beds for transitional housing, but also has drop-in hours from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday for a bathroom, laundry and food, among other resources.

“We’ve seen tremendous amount of usage with the building over the years,” Pride said. “Every day in the morning, we see 35 to 70 folks coming for the resource center. We have one shower and one bathroom for those folks.”

Davis Community Meals and Housing is raising funds to tear down the existing property and build a state-of-the-art micro-housing facility.

The facility will be named Paul’s Place -- named after Pride’s father, who was a veteran and prisoner of war who suffered mental health issues.

Paul’s Place will span four floors and include:

A first-floor resource center for health and human services, as well as basic needs such as food, clothing, showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. It also will have four new emergency shelter beds for law enforcement and other service providers to help people in crisis get off of the streets.

The second floor will have transitional housing with single-residence bedrooms, a communal kitchen, family room, bathrooms and laundry.

The third and fourth floors will have 300-square-foot private microunit apartments of permanent supportive housing.

Pride says there will be 18 units in total.

“I have no illusions that somehow we’re going to change or cure homelessness in any way, shape or form,” Pride said. “But my goal is to get 18 folks off the streets in Davis and put them in housing where they can stay.”

Pride estimates the project will cost upward of $7 million but he has already raised $4 million in private funding through community partners.

Sutter Health is contributing a sizable portion -- $2.5 million in matching funds.

“Our investment in Paul’s Place is part of Sutter Health’s Getting to Zero program," Sutter Health said in a statement. “Launched in 2016, Getting to Zero was born from our deep commitment to do our part and help provide the necessary support services and resources to offer access to housing for those experiencing homelessness.”

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