When a small group of Sebastopol citizens, the Group of Advocates, became concerned about the number of local people living in cars or tents, the seeds of Park Village were planted. From these initial seeds, West County Community Services developed a proposal to partner with the City of Sebastopol to provide permanent housing and case management for eight families at a local semi-vacant mobile home park. Sixteen formerly homeless citizens thus joined the 65 people already living in the Park, and flourish today.
Monica and her husband and two children moved into Park Village in June. They never imagined they would lack housing. Both parents had stable employment and lived happily in Graton for 4 years. When their landlord gave them 60 days to move, they had no idea how their lives would change. Unable to find a home they could afford or space in a local shelter, they slept in their car. Eventually, for several months, they rented an outbuilding with no running water. Meanwhile, the father had increasing symptoms of extreme fatigue, so severe he lost the ability to walk. Ultimately he was diagnosed in June 2018 with a rare form of cancer of the blood. But, given his lack of housing, his medical treatment was delayed. Learning of Park Village, they applied for housing and were shocked when they received a phone call the next day informing them that they could come into apply for a trailer. Since moving in six months ago, the father has been able to receive regular medical care, the children are thriving in Sebastopol schools and the mother expresses her gratitude regularly for the stability that the family experiences now. This is what we can do together.