Congressman John Garamendi visits site of upcoming veterans home in Dixon
Nearly two years since ground was broken on a Habitat for Humanity project slated to house six homeless veterans in Dixon, state, city and community leaders came together to celebrate moving the project forward.
“It’s exciting,” said Congressman John Garamendi, D-Solano, Thursday morning. “Housing is a constant problem for veterans, homeless veterans. They need housing. And I’m excited about Habitat’s concept of shared housing.”
It’s the organization’s first shared housing venture, advised Gerry Raycraft, president of Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity.
Gathered on the graded site of the future home, at 250 South Jackson St., Garamendi, Habitat officials, Dixon leaders and a Vacaville city councilman spoke about a need for veterans housing.
Slated for the site is a six bedroom, three-bath residence for six veterans with physical and mental disabilities.
The housemates will do chores, maintain the property and receive services that will help them remain clean and sober and aid in their recovery.
The project is a collaboration between Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, Community Action North Bay, the county and the city of Dixon.
In about a week or so, Raycraft said, the foundation will be poured.
Once the house is finished, Fairfield Life Scout Phineas Kelly, 15, will set his Eagle Scout project in motion.
His troop and a group of “experienced adults” will put in turf, trees and more.
“We would be doing the entire yard,” Phineas explained.
Donations have come in from ReStore, Home Depot, Recology, Restoration Hardware and more.
“All we’re doing is designing and planting,” he said. “We’re making three plans, one of which includes a koi pond. That was my idea.”
Phineas said he hopes to create a nice place for veterans, which means he’ll consider any and all design concepts just because.
“We’re shooting for the moon,” he emphasized.