In a resolution passed by City Council on March 14th, 2017, the City of Davis entered contracts with Davis Community Meals and Yolo Housing Authority to redouble its efforts to address homelessness with a significant funding boost from Sutter Health. The newly expanded efforts, bolstered by a $233,000 matching grant from Sutter Health, will encompass bridge rental assistance, employment development, and case management.
Working with organizations in and around Davis, the City of Davis is building upon its ongoing Outreach and Assessment as well as New Pathways, a housing and support services program. New to Davis’ arsenal of programs are Pathways to Employment, a bridge rental assistance, and comprehensive case management. Sutter Health’s Getting to Zero, a tri-county effort to reduce homelessness in the region, is funding these three new programs.
Outreach and Assessment
With grant funds from the federal government and Partnership Health Plan, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency has contracted Fourth and Hope to help determine the chronicity and medical vulnerability of people experiencing homelessness and connect them with programs to help end the cycle. Davis Community Meals and Housing also provides outreach and assessment services with federal funding.
Supported by the City of Davis and County of Yolo, Davis Community Meals and Housing, along with Yolo Community Care Continuum, provide short-term temporary housing and case management for four adults at a time as housing and other services are put in place.
Pathways to Employment is a new collaborative effort to provide employment skills and opportunities to people in Davis experiencing homelessness. The program seeks to build self-esteem, enhance work ethic, strengthen community relationships, and assist in the overall goal of self-sufficiency. Davis Community Meals and Housing will manage this program.
Getting to Zero Vouchers
Until Yolo Housing vouchers are available for permanent rental subsidies for those eligible, Davis residents may receive Getting to Zero vouchers to offer rental assistance to individuals in need of supported permanent housing. Yolo Housing Authority will manage the vouchers. If you are a property manager and are interested in participating, please contact Lisa Baker at Yolo Community Housing.
Intensive Support Services
Vital to permanent housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness, supportive services will be expanded to include comprehensive case management services as well as help with accessing furniture and other needs to set up a home. Yolo Housing Authority will also manage this program.
Rooted in the Housing First principles and practices, the programs will help break the cycle of homelessness in Davis.