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RENOVATION ROGRAM

Permanent Supportive Housing
We need your support to help families transition to a better tomorrow.

Community Homeless Solutions has 38 houses that are used for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Our program provides housing to families who are homeless. Applicants must have a Housing Choice Voucher. While in the program, clients can participate in supportive services that include case management services.

Families can move in once the house is renovated and after a permit is issued by the Housing Authority, usually takes about 1-2 weeks to schedule the inspection. Clients may move in the next day.

Program Overview

Our Renovation Program helps both mitigate some of the renovation costs as well as facilitates the opportunities for volunteers from the community.

Before & After Renovation Images

Renovation images of a single family unit at Wittenmyer Court. Estimated cost $20k. Renovations and improvements funding donated by Duke & Terri Yolo.

Get Involved

Whether you are a business, organization or individual we welcome your help and contributions to help us in making a difference. 

Success Story in their Own Words...

“My name is Lara; I came to the warming shelter when I was 8 months pregnant with our daughter back in February 2020. When our daughter was born, she came back to the shelter with me in March of 2020. Then in May 2020 is when I started working with America to get a place out in Marina. June 2020 is when my Fiancé Michael came in to SWS. He got a job there I am so proud of him. Then on December 30, 2020 is when we got a call about our move in to Permanent Supportive Housing. We want to say thank you to all the staff at Community Homeless Solutions who supported us and helped us to apply.”

Program Overview

Our Permanent Supportive Housing Program for families is an important service provided by Community Homeless Solutions and will continue to be an important resource to our community going forward. The housing stock for Community Homeless Solutions on both Wittenmyer and Lexington Court is over thirty years old and requires ongoing maintenance. Often times renovations and improvements inside the units after long term occupancy by tenants is needed in order to turnover for use. Such renovations can sometimes cost upwards of $25,000 and these costs are typically not recuperable from prior tenants even if tenant was responsible for the damage.

Our Renovation Program helps both mitigate some of the renovation costs as well as facilitates the opportunities for volunteers from the community that may desire to both contribute towards some of these costs and/or volunteer to help with some of the renovation efforts.

To accommodate this effort, we partner with community members as well as put in place a process that puts in motion the renovation efforts working both with volunteers , donors and general contractors.

 
Renovation and Improvement Images

This unit is one of many units requiring improvements after previous tenants moved out. Renovations were completed during Summer 2021. A variety of improvements were done to the entryway, kitchen, living areas, bathrooms and bedrooms.

  • Replace all flooring throughout unit: Vinyl flooring at ground level, carpet on stairway, upper landing and bedrooms.

  • Clean & degrease walls, patch and paint throughout, including ceiling, baseboards and wainscoting.

  • Replace all windows and window mini blinds.

  • Also recommend replacing all electrical outlets and light switches.

  • Replace all smoke detectors with dual-smoke/carbon monoxide detection.

 

Housing Identification for Renovation Process

Units identified for renovations will follow a three-step process in order to identify and complete the necessary renovations prior to occupancy by unsheltered guests.

1

 Identification of units to be renovated and community partners seeking to help financially as well as physically with renovations needed.

How you can help?

Become a volunteer

Make a financial contribution

2

Order needed renovation supplies and deliver to CHS followed by a scheduled weekend with community partner where volunteer labor can be utilized.

How you can help?

Donate supplies and materials

Volunteer labor hours

Make a financial contribution

3

Scheduled completion of unit renovations and improvements with contractor following volunteer work completion on-site.  

How you can help?

Volunteer labor hours

Make a financial contribution

Supporter Thank You!

Individuals, Organizations and Businesses

Community Homeless Solutions will document and celebrate the engagement by its’ community supporters and partners will document with pictures, testimonies and “move-in” celebration with tenants moving into the unit for purposes of continuing to market the program as well as congratulate all those involved in making this happen.

 

How your support helps.

Volunteer Time and Labor

Labor provided as a volunteer can help with the below unit improvements:

  • Sanding, preparation and painting of walls, cupboards, etc.

  • Fixing and replacing broken blinds

  • Cleaning cabinets, resurfacing, changing hardware

  • Lining shelves with shelf paper

  • Sanding and painting exterior and interior doors

  • Cleaning windows and shades

  • Cleaning appliances, refrigerator clean-out

  • Making and installing screens

  • Remove damaged carpets

Financial Contributions & Material Donations

Financial contributions mainly help with covering the cost of labor  that must be performed by a licensed contractor and purchase of materials.

  • Replace lights, LED installation

  • Replacing broken face plates for electrical plugs or switches

  • Replacing doors

  • Deep cleaning of linoleum floors

  • Thermostat repairs/replacement

  • Replace filter grills and/or filters for furnace

  • Replace/repair faucets

  • Replace toilets, tub enclosures

  • Install new carpets

  • Replace linoleum flooring in kitchen, bathrooms or other areas

  • Clean out and repair gutters

  • Removal of pests, such as squirrels, birds, rats

  • Replacement of wood or vinyl flooring trim