City Council Selects Team Led by Many Mansions to Develop the Thousand Oaks Navigation Center for Persons Experiencing Homelessness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thousand Oaks, California
On December 6, 2022, the Thousand Oaks City Council unanimously selected a team led by Many Mansions to develop and operate a Navigation Center for persons experiencing homelessness. The team includes Many Mansions, DignityMoves, and Hope of the Valley.
In recent years, Thousand Oaks, like many other cities in Ventura County and across California, has experienced a significant increase in the number of unhoused residents and those at risk of homelessness. Selection of the Many Mansions/DignityMoves/Hope of the Valley team to develop, lease, and operate the navigation center will help fill a
critical gap in the City’s ability to respond to homelessness.
The approved project, a Navigation Center for Persons Experiencing Homelessness on 1205 Lawrence Drive in Thousand Oaks will provide 30 modular homes, with a possible expansion to 50 units. With a typical stay of 3-6 months, the navigation center will operate with Housing First principles, providing a low-barrier access to housing, alongside intensive case management to stabilize and promptly transition residents into permanent supportive housing.
Many Mansions has worked for over 43 years to create sustainable housing solutions and provide supportive services to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency. Founded in the City of Thousand Oaks, it is a leader in permanent supportive housing in Thousand Oaks and Ventura County, currently providing housing and services to 1,500 individuals. Many Mansions will serve as the Navigation Center’s leaseholder and consultant, ensuring well-managed site and operations.
“The Navigation Center is an important step toward providing individuals experiencing homelessness with the resources they need to transition to more stable housing,” said Many Mansions’ President, Rick Schroeder. “We are excited to be part of this effort and appreciate the city’s investment in the project and trust in our team.” With decades of service in Thousand Oaks, Many Mansions has partnered over the years with multiple local social agencies, the Sheriff Department, local businesses, and the general community. These partnerships have supported successful affordable and supportive housing developments, alleviating the housing crisis in Thousand Oaks.
As an experienced interim housing developer, DignityMoves will utilize Boss Cubez, a durable and movable modular construction. The team opted for modular units for cost- effectiveness considerations, and to expedite the development process.
The site is expected to be operational by December 2023 and will be operated by Hope of the Valley. Hope of the valley managed the first tiny home village in Los Angeles County, and currently operates 14 emergency and interim housing sites, with 1,300 beds.
The design and construction cost for the site is $3.9 million, with $800,000 in operations expenses, annually. It will be staffed 24/7. The site will feature a clinic, laundry and shower facilities, social areas, bike racks, and more. Mental and physical health services, food, and transportation will be provided, to ensure residents’ success.
For more information about the Navigation Center or to learn how you can get involved in this important project, please contact Many Mansions at (805) 496-4948 or email email@example.com.