Last week, the City of Sebatopol and West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices (WCCS) entered into a part­ner­ship to pro­vide hous­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices to eight cur­rent­ly home­less Sebastopol area fam­i­lies. Through the pro­gram, a WCCS case man­ag­er will pro­vide case man­age­ment and sup­port­ive ser­vices to all inter­est­ed 65 cur­rent res­i­dents of the Vil­lage Mobile Home Park as well as incom­ing fam­i­lies. New res­i­dents will be housed on cur­rent­ly emp­ty pads, in recre­ation­al vehi­cles con­nect­ed to city plumb­ing, water and elec­tric­i­ty. This inno­v­a­tive effort will house Sebastopol area home­less at a frac­tion of the “aver­age” cost of such a program.

The pro­gram is the result of a year-long col­lab­o­ra­tion of the City, The Group of Advo­cates (a Sebastopol area advo­ca­cy group) and WCCS. Pro­vid­ing inno­v­a­tive hous­ing and human ser­vice solu­tions is one of WCCS’s main goals. Suc­cess­ful solu­tions require part­ners, effort and vision. We applaud the City for its com­mit­ment to its most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents and look for­ward to our work togeth­er to make West Coun­ty an even bet­ter, more humane place to live.