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Disabled Homeless Move Into Permanent Housing

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 6, 2011

More than 100 people classified as disabled homeless …now have a permanent place to live.  The group Mercy Housing California and the city and county of Sacramento joined forces to renovate the old Budget Inn at Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge.  

Mercy Housing California's Stephan Daues says the $21 million project provides permanent housing and much-needed stability to those with mental and physical disabilities.

DAUES: "Everybody will be coming from sort of shelter, but it varies in terms of the length.  Some folks will have only had a couple of weeks in a shelter or some type of program and others will have cycled in and out of programs and mostly been out on the street."

There are 74 studio and one-bedroom apartments.  Residents have access to a computer room, and drug and mental health counseling provided by The Effort treatment center.  Daues says he expects 80-to-90 percent of those who move into the apartments to stay for at least two years, if not longer.

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