Mather Veterans Village: A Place to Call Home

by the City of Rancho Cordova, CA for the TLG 2019 Innovation Showcase program

Dec 19, 2018

Theme: Robust External Partnerships

Mather Veterans Village (MVV), located on the former Mather Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova, California, is three phases of new, critically needed permanent supportive housing for homeless and/or disabled veterans. The first project of its kind in the greater Sacramento region, MVV is a landmark collaboration between the City of Rancho Cordova, the County of Sacramento, Mercy Housing California and Veterans Resource Centers of America – and one that was eight plus years in the making.

In August 2016, 50 veterans and their families moved into the first phase. Phases II and III are currently under construction and are expected to be completed in Spring 2019. These phases will house another 50 veterans and their families, as well as 46 veterans who are in need of transitional housing.

Mather Veterans Village is located on 3.65 acres on the former Mather Air Force Base – just two blocks from the Northern California Veterans Administration Medical Center. MVV Phases I and III are new, three-story buildings with 44 one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom permanent supportive homes. Phase II is the supportive services/transitional housing component of the overall project that includes 46 beds. In addition, Phase II will have a commercial kitchen and a chef to provide three healthy meals to residents. Located in the center of the Village, Phase II is the gathering place for the MVV community.

Over 92,000 veterans live in the Sacramento, CA region, and the area has the 10th highest number of homeless veterans in California counties. During a point-in-time count in January of 2015 in Sacramento County, 12% of the homeless population was veterans. This represents a 4% increase from the previous count in 2013. Despite this need, housing to support the unique needs of homeless and disabled veterans was virtually non-existent – until MVV went from idea to reality.

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