Homelessness is on the rise across our state and community, and its impacts affect all of us.
In Davis, a diverse group of citizens came together as the non-profit Davis Opportunity Village (DOVe) with a vision to build micro-housing as a way to rapidly house the vulnerable. Finding no land in Davis on which to build, they were connected to Davis Community Meals and Housing (DCMH), which was looking to enhance its decades-old resource center and transitional housing program at 1111 H Street.
Coming together, DOVe and DCMH listened to needs of the interfaith community, business leaders, first responders, elected officials, and residents to look for opportunity to combine DOVe’s goal of building vertical micro-housing in Davis with an improved facility at the old and worn out DCMH site. The result is Paul’s Place, a beautiful new innovative multi-functional structure that will have 18 units of permanent supportive micro-housing, 10 units of transitional housing, 4 emergency shelter beds, and enhanced day services including expanded shower, restroom, and laundry facilities.
By expanding housing and wraparound services in a central location, the Davis community will be helping those who need it most while reducing the economic and environmental burden of homelessness on our downtown, parks, and neighborhoods.
This innovative plan to create vertical micro-housing, combined with transitional housing, emergency shelter, and a resource center, is an example of how Davis continues to be a leader in looking for creative community-based solutions to national problems – solutions that can be replicated by others as we show the success of the program here.
Paul’s Place Will Benefit All of Us
By effectively addressing homelessness, we can improve our entire community.
- Research shows that moving an individual from homelessness to housing reduces that individual’s cost to taxpayers by 50 percent for associated expenses such as health care, law enforcement and other services.
- A recent city survey found homelessness is a top concern for business owners and downtown residents. We know that aggressive panhandling, loitering and excessive littering by a few of the homeless individuals who are found downtown can deter potential customers from entering stores and shops, while requiring business owners to divert their own resources to manage the consequences. This negatively impacts business’ profitability and city revenues, threatening the economic wellbeing of our community.
- Individuals living in places not meant for human habitation creates a public health risk, as we’ve seen with recent hepatitis A outbreaks in Los Angeles and San Diego. By providing resources and housing for the most vulnerable, Paul’s Place protects Davis’ public safety and health.
The issue of homelessness is one that we must tackle together as a community.
- This is an issue that touches us all. Our residents, parks, greenbelts, schools, neighborhoods and business centers are facing emotional, economic and environmental impacts that stem from increased homelessness in our community.
- Our goal is to bring together elected officials, business executives, nonprofit leaders, the faith community, service providers and members of our community to TAKE ACTION and to work TOGETHER to build housing for the most chronically homeless, those who are most at risk individually and who often most impact our community.
This vertical housing project is the first of its kind in Davis and will help reduce the number of people living on the street by providing housing and wraparound services that lead to stability.
- The project at 1111 H Street will have:
- 18 units of permanent supportive micro-housing
- 10 units of transitional housing
- 4 emergency beds
- Day services, including expanded shower, restroom and laundry facilities
- Critical wraparound social and health care services and referrals
- The project will maximize the use of limited property in Davis by adding two new floors of permanent supportive housing, and greatly expanding day use facility accessibility.
The 1111 H Street project will expand and improve existing facilities operated by Davis Community Meals & Housing, a local nonprofit with more than two decades of experience helping people in need.
- DCMH has a long history of helping people in need and is uniquely qualified to manage the project’s services and programs once the new building is complete.
- DCMH takes active steps to ensure its operations and services do not unduly burden neighbors. Guests are expected to be respectful, behave appropriately and treat others with courtesy. In its 23-year history providing services at 1111 H Street, there have been no major issues or incidents with the neighbors.