50 Veterans Find “Place to Call Home” at Mather Veterans Village
Rancho Cordova, CA (August 31, 2016) — (RealEstateRama) — Mercy Housing, Veterans Resource Centers of America (VRC), the City of Rancho Cordova and the County of Sacramento announced the opening of Mather Veterans Village, the first permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled veterans in the Sacramento region. After breaking ground in late 2014, Phase I of the project is complete and all 50 homes are occupied by veterans and their families. Mather Veterans Village is the first of three phases of critically needed veterans housing and supportive services in the region.
“The City of Rancho Cordova is a vibrant community with a strong military heritage that values its veterans,” said Mayor David Sander, City of Rancho Cordova, one of the project drivers. “Our City, once the site of an active air force base, is still home to over 5,000 veterans and their families. So, it made sense in 2006, to explore the feasibility of creating a village dedicated to the care and housing of our nation’s veterans. The idea blossomed into what is now Mather Veterans Village.”
The new, three-story, garden-style community – designed by Mogavero Architects, a local Sacramento firm – includes 50 apartment homes, as well as 3,500 square feet of meeting rooms, staff offices, kitchen/lounge area, and a computer lab. In addition to exceeding California’s energy and water usage standards, the site includes landscaping irrigated by 100% onsite gray water, solar electric generation for tenant net metering, and a solar hot water system.
“Everyone at Mercy Housing California feels enormous pride whenever we complete a new affordable housing community for low-income residents,” said President Doug Shoemaker, Mercy Housing California, the master developer. “But there is an extra special feeling we all share when we open a new community for formerly homeless and disabled veterans. Mather Veterans Village is our second veterans housing community in California and it would not have been possible without the amazing group of collaborative partners who worked tirelessly to turn this veterans village concept into a beautiful reality.”
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