An overflow crowd of over a hundred people attended the Grand Opening of Heritage Commons in Dixon on November 8th.
Bill Powell, President of Davis Senior Housing Communities (DSHC) and John Stewart, Founder and Chair of The John Stewart Company, jointly welcomed everyone to the ceremony in the packed community room. They both spoke of their joy in achieving so much to enrich the lives of the seniors living at Heritage Commons.
Bill Powell said, “I just feel blessed and truly rewarded knowing that our communities provide homes for many with a modest income. I am rewarded always through the appreciation of our residents.”
John Stewart made special reference to working with the principles of Neighborhood Partners since the 1980s. Stewart complimented the skills of Luke Watkins and David Thompson in putting all the parts together. “They are the type of partners we trust to do their job and not go off to Las Vegas.”
The Mayor of Dixon, Jack Batchelor, Jr., spoke of the pride that the City of Dixon and its staff had in moving the project along so quickly and efficiently and getting results. With the help of the City and staff, Heritage Commons scored #1 in the State’s HOME funding competition. Mayor Batchelor praised all the groups for working so well together.
Assembly Member Mariko Yamada then followed by complimenting all the parties for coming together to create such a wonderful housing community. She presented “Heritage Commons” with an Assembly Certificate of Recognition. Lisa Chavez, of State Senator Lois Wolk’s office also presented Heritage Commons with a State Senate Certificate. Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez also sent his compliments.
Representing Enterprise, Rose Cade spoke of their organization’s happiness at being able to help invest in a very attractive rural affordable housing community. She commented that, “Too often, the housing needs of rural communities went under served.” At the end of her remarks, Ms. Cade added, ”Enterprise would love to also invest in Phase 2 of Heritage Commons.”
Louise Walker, President and CEO of First Northern Bank spoke of the bank’s “…excitement at finally sponsoring an affordable housing community in their home town of Dixon. First Northern loved working with DSHC.” First Northern had won a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank for Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis, then another grant of $1 million for the first phase of Heritage Commons and just recently another grant of $1.5 for Phase 2.
Kevin Blackburn, assistant vice president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, praised First Northern Bank for its sponsoring grants for 11 affordable housing communities in Yolo and Solano County. Mr. Blackburn’s comment was, “Heritage Commons is such a great senior community!”
Nan Guevara of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) and John Kauh of Wells Fargo both added their compliments as lenders to all the partners.
Brookfield Homes were thanked for their generous contribution of the five acre site that got the whole project moving, as was Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund for their provision of pre-development financing.
As Master of Ceremonies, David J. Thompson highlighted the great work of Jim Lindley, City Manager and the City of Dixon staff members who had made the project happen in such a short time. Thompson said, “Because time is money, the City staff’s effective work saved the project a lot during the planning and construction phase.”
Thompson went on to praise the rowdiest group in the room that played a role in Heritage Commons, the Dixon Senior Advocates. The almost dozen advocates there, most dressed in red, stood to receive a great ovation. The Advocates had been working for many years to bring a new senior community to Dixon. They should be proud of their advocacy role. Dixon Family Services and Cookie Powell were also thanked for their support.
Others receiving accolades were Brown Construction, Inc, Jim Zanetto (the architect) and his team, as well as numerous other professional firms. See www.npllc.org/blog for all the participants in the development of Heritage Commons.
After just three months of being open, there are only six units still vacant at Heritage Commons. If you’d like to move to Heritage Commons in Dixon, act soon and download an application at www/npllc.org/blog or call Maria on site at 191 Heritage Lane, Dixon, CA. 707-676-0426.
After the ceremony, the participants and residents moved into the sunny courtyard for a lunch catered for by Enterprise.
November 30, 2013 No Comments
Seattle – November 11, 2013 – During their 53rd Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) awarded their highest accolade, the Voorhis Award, to Mr. David J. Thompson to honor his lifetime work in the cooperative world.
The NAHC Board of Directors established the Voorhis Award in 1984 in memory of Jerry Voorhis, widely regarded as the principal founding father of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives. Jerry was a man of impeccable integrity, who believed in and did his best to teach, apply and widen the use of basic cooperative principles. The award was conceived as an annual lifetime achievement award.
David Thompson is President of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF) and also a co-principal of Neighborhood Partners, LLC. Thompson has worked for the national cooperative organizations of the United States, Britain and Japan, as well as the United Nations and has advised cooperatives in over 30 nations on five continents.
Thompson co-led California’s efforts to create the National Co-operative Bank. From 1979 – 1985, Mr. Thompson was Director of Planning for the National Cooperative Bank (NCB). Later, Thompson became the Regional Director of NCB’s Western Office, where he funded development of 1,700 units of cooperative housing and helped pass California’s law for limited equity housing cooperatives (the nation’s first).
On behalf of Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation, Thompson also led successful efforts to prevent members from breaking California’s cooperative housing law. Thompson is co-principal of Neighborhood Partners, LLC, which has developed almost 800 units of nonprofit and cooperative housing. He co-wrote Davis’s Affordable Housing Ordinance which has fostered over $400 million dollars worth of nonprofit, mutual and cooperative housing in the city. Thompson has written hundreds of articles on cooperatives with many for the NAHC Bulletin. Through TPCF, he also created a web site that provides tools and resources to bring about the resident ownership of mobile home and manufactured housing parks.
NAHC was incorporated in 1960 as a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that represents housing cooperatives and housing associations across the United States. NAHC represents professionals, organizations and individuals interested in promoting the interests of the cooperative housing community. To learn more, visit www.nahc.coop.
November 18, 2013 No Comments