Caritas Village - A Place to Find Home

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The Need

Today, almost 3,000 people in Sonoma County are experiencing homelessness, and over 21,000 Sonoma County residents are one crisis away from losing their homes. The 2017 Tubbs Fire only exacerbated the crisis of lack of housing affordability and availability in the Santa Rosa community.

The Project

Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa and Burbank Housing are partnering to create Caritas Village, which will include a housing-focused service center, emergency family shelter, and 128 units of permanent affordable housing for those in need. Caritas Village will replace Catholic Charities’ aging facilities on Morgan and A Streets which currently serve 2,000 people a year. This is a long-term solution to the crisis of homelessness in Sonoma County. It will help get twice as many people off the streets and into permanent housing each year.

Caritas Village has been designed with enhanced neighborhood safety and security in mind, including 24/7 onsite management, improved lighting and safety features, and inner courtyards for program participants. Project funding is coming through a variety of federal, state, and philanthropic sources.

Download the Caritas Village Project Handout

The Partnership

Catholic Charities and Burbank Housing are leaders in providing support services and affordable housing. The project marks their first partnership, leveraging their decades of experience and expertise to create a facility tailored to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.

About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa

Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa has served some of our most vulnerable neighbors, including those who are experiencing homelessness, for 28 years from their facility on Morgan and A Streets. Over the last 24 months, Catholic Charities has permanently housed over 1,300 formerly homeless people in Sonoma County. In addition to their nationally recognized services and extensive network of housing providers for people seeking a home, Catholic Charities also provides expert immigration counseling, senior care services, and disaster recovery services.

About Burbank Housing

Burbank Housing is the North Bay’s nonprofit leader in affordable housing. For nearly forty years, Burbank Housing has built and maintained high-quality rental and sweat-equity homes that enable residents to live well and thrive in the face of challenges. Burbank Housing builds welcoming, comfortable communities and enjoys a successful track record as a leader in the creation and management of quality, sustainable housing, strong local and national partnerships and a healthy balance sheet.

Burbank Housing takes a smart approach to developing high quality, beautifully designed homes and serves those in need through an innovative development program and responsible financial stewardship. Burbank Housing has constructed 875 ownership homes, manages 2,904 rental units in 63 communities and has 79 more rental units under construction. In addition to development, Burbank Housing’s property management team provides physical maintenance, financial management, budgeting, and cash flow management, coordinates social services, and provides connections to community services.

The Leadership

Catholic Charities and Burbank Housing have assembled a team of experts to help us bring the Caritas Village dream to fruition.  We are deeply grateful to our project leaders, who are listed HERE.