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Groundbreaking for New Affordable Senior Homes in Dixon, CA


Heritage Commons in Dixon begins construction on Phase 2

Heritage Commons in Dixon begins construction on Phase 2

BREAKING NEWS!! Heritage Commons Phase II has been fully funded!

A Groundbreaking Ceremony has been set for Friday, May 15th at noon at 191 Heritage Lane in Dixon, California, for the construction that starts this month on another 54 affordable senior apartments there.

Invited to the Ground Breaking are: Congress Member John Garamendi, State Senator Lois Wolk, State Assembly Member Bill Dodd, former State Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, County Supervisor John Vasquez, Mayor of Dixon Jack Batchelor and the Dixon City Council and other dignitaries and representatives from the funders, as well as others who made Heritage Commons Phase II possible.

The 54 affordable senior apartments in Heritage Commons Phase II will join the 60 existing affordable senior apartments of Heritage Commons Phase I, which opened for occupancy in July of 2013.

The senior housing campus of 114 affordable apartments will be Dixon’s newest and most affordable senior community.  Affordable rents are available to many very low-income seniors.  Seniors are encouraged to get on the waiting list immediately as apartments in this type of amenity-rich senior housing community go quickly. Seniors 55 and over are eligible to live at Heritage Commons. Occupancy is projected for Spring of 2016. For regular updates, please visit or

The amenities at the five acre Heritage Commons campus are a large community building, which has a community room with kitchen, fireplace room, community shop, computer kiosks, lending library, and a waiting area for Dixon Readi-Ride and other transportation. The management and social services offices are also on-site.

The outdoor amenities include a solar heated therapy pool, an outdoor communal patio with tables, chairs and umbrellas for picnics, gatherings etc, raised bed garden boxes, outdoor exercise paths and generous open space and vistas.

The Therapy Spa at Heritage Commons.

The Therapy Spa at Heritage Commons.

Heritage Commons has photovoltaic solar panels on several of the building roofs. The electricity created from this system powers most of the electrical usage for the community building and all of the lighting for the parking lots and the outdoors.

All the apartments are built to be energy efficient through the use of north-south orientation, ventilation for all units, and high value insulation and energy saving construction methods.

Every Heritage Commons apartment is both visitable and accessible. Aging-in-place in your own apartment over the years is our goal.  The entire campus is accessible with four different elevators for everyone at Heritage Commons to go everywhere on the completed campus.

Consider giving up your car?  Heritage Commons is well served by the Dixon Readi-Ride program. Heritage Commons was designed so that the Dixon buses can come in and turn around in our circle and do pick up and drop off at the door of the community building.

Heritage Commons is a partnership of Davis Senior Housing Communities, Inc. (DSHC), Neighborhood Partners, LLC, and the John Stewart Company.

DSHC began as an idea of a few Davis citizens to create affordable senior housing that had additional services and amenities. DSHC’s first community was Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis, then Heritage Commons Phase I, now Phase II, and later a potential Phase III of another 30-plus apartments.

To get on the waiting list for Heritage Commons Phase II, call Maria Claustro at (707) 676-5660.  To get on the waiting list for Eleanor Roosevelt Circle, call Carissa Estrada at (530) 753-3400.

We are grateful that Heritage Commons Phase II is financed by a number of great funders. The City of Dixon is providing a $5.5 million loan funded by the CA Department of Housing and Community Development HOME Program. First Northern Bank of Dixon is providing a $1.5 million loan funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program (AHP).  The State Treasurer’s Office has allocated low-income housing tax credits and tax-exempt bonds.  Enterprise Community Investment will be investing approximately $4.9 million in limited partner equity. A $7 million construction loan will be provided by Wells Fargo Bank.

The public is invited. Please RSVP below. Light refreshments will be provided.

See for occupancy and construction updates.

David J. Thompson, (530)757-2233


April 2, 2015   No Comments

NAHC Awards David J. Thompson Its Highest Honor

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.

David J. Thompson awarded NAHC's Highest Honor - The Jerry Voorhis Award

David J. Thompson awarded NAHC’s Highest Honor – The Jerry Voorhis Award

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

November 18, 2013   No Comments