Front view of Providence Rohnert Park

Providence Rohnert Park House

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855-360-5478
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Providence Rohnert Park House

  • Who should I call with comments or questions on Rohnert Park development activities?

    Walter Zisette, Director of Development, Providence Supportive Housing, phone – 206-552-4288, email – Walter.Zisette@Providence.org

  • Who is being served and what types of activities are taking place at Providence Rohnert Park House?

    Providence Rohnert Park House serves homeless and chronically homeless individuals who are 55 years of age, or older. When fully operational, Providence Rohnert Park House will provide a model of Supportive Housing that combines permanent supportive housing units (69 total units) with recuperative care units (6 total units), one onsite staff unit, and wrap-around supportive services that address health and housing needs of each resident.

  • What is the project timeline?

    Most of our work in 2022 will focus on the work needed to secure the capital financing needed to develop the project. We will also be working with the City to obtain land use approval for the project, and a building permit. We will apply for a building permit from the City in September of 2022, and plan to start construction in March 2023. It’s a 15 month construction period; operation of the property will begin in Summer/Fall 2024.

  • What is the plan for referring homeless persons to the project, and for providing supportive services?

    Residents must be elderly (55+), have a documented history of long term homelessness, and have incomes at or below 30% of Area Median Income. Applicants for housing will be drawn from the community’s Coordinated Entry System. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements of the property and who are prioritized for housing by the Coordinated Entry System, will be referred to the property manager to be screened for eligibility.

    Sonoma County Behavior Health Services will coordinate the provision of onsite services provided by community-based agencies and their case managers. 24/7 onsite security services will be present at the property; off-site electronic security monitoring will also be in operation.

    Service providers will follow a harm-reduction and trauma-informed model of resident engagement and service delivery. Service coordinators will assess the needs of residents and create care plans that have two primary goals: (1) address the chronic health conditions resulting in the person’s prolonged homelessness; and (2) build a track record of successful tenancy for the resident so that the resident is ready for success at Providence Rohnert Park House and at all future housing opportunities the resident may have.

  • Is Providence Rohnert Park House a medical facility?
    Providence Rohnert Park House is not a medical facility. It is a studio apartment building. Tenants residing in the building will have a lease and Providence Supportive Housing will function as the landlord providing property management services.
  • What is the Plan for Community Engagement?

    Providence strives to be a good neighbor in Rohnert Park. Throughout the development process, Providence commits to:

    • Keeping stakeholders and the community informed by providing balanced and objective information to assist them in understanding the need for permanent supportive housing for seniors, understanding alternatives, opportunities, and solutions.
    • Obtaining feedback from stakeholders and the community by listening, acknowledging their concerns, and informing them how their input influences decisions about the project.
    • Work with stakeholders and the community to ensure their concerns and aspirations are understood and considered throughout the process.
    • Collaborate with stakeholders and the community throughout the process, including considering alternatives and preferred solutions and recommendations to the maximum extent possible.

    Our strategy for working with community members involves a commitment to open and thorough communication with three local stakeholder groups:

    • Stakeholder group #1. Immediate neighbors with businesses, homes, and services located on Medical Center Drive.
    • Stakeholder group #2. All those who live or work within 300 feet of Medical Center Drive. This group includes residents of the Redwood Park Estates, St. John's United Methodist Church, and residents in K Section living east of Kevin Pl., south of Kensington Pl., west of Karrington Rd., and north of the Rohnert Park Expressway.
    • Stakeholder group #3. This group includes all Rohnert Park community members, government entities, City and County staff, homeless service agencies, and other interested parties. Besides required City of Rohnert Park public meetings, we will schedule in-person community meetings on dates and times that best maximize attendance.
  • How will Providence Rohnert Park House be staffed?
    The property will include a full-time professional property manager complete with an office on site. A part-time maintenance technician and environmental services staff will ensure the property is maintained and clean. Providence Rohnert Park House staff will include a staff person living in an on-site apartment. Front desk staff will provide security and be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Providence St. Joseph Health CARE Network of Sonoma County twill be the lead supportive services provider.
  • What is Providence Supportive Housing?
    Providence Supportive Housing is a division of Providence St. Joseph Health, the third largest not-for-profit health care provider in the country. Providence Supportive Housing owns and operates 16 affordable housing communities for seniors and people with disabilities in Washington, Oregon and California. For more information visit https://providencesupportivehousing.org.
  • What is permanent supportive housing?
    Permanent supportive housing is a housing first program that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of chronically homeless people. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment and employment services.
  • What is Housing First?
    Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life.
  • What does it mean to be chronically homeless?
    A person experiencing ‘‘chronic homelessness’’ is someone with a disability who has been continually homeless (sheltered or unsheltered) for a period of at least 12 months (continuous or combined over a three year period). This is a definition set by the federal government to describe a particularly vulnerable segment of the homeless population.