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News Channel 3 gets sneak peak of La Posada Interim Supportive Housing Community before grand opening

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Crews are putting the final touches of the newly built la posada interim supportive housing community in Santa Barbara this week.

"We are in the homestretch we are going to be welcoming our first residence. We started this project 15 weeks ago and we have 80 units that are up and ready to accept visitors," said regional advancement Jack Lorenz at DignityMoves.

In a matter of days, La Posada Village located at 4500 Hollister Avenue will house those living in encampments near the 101 freeway and railroad tracks in the immediate area.

"So there are between 70 and 90 folks living in the tents up on the hill and the railroad tracks and we’re gonna offer every single one of them housing some of them haven’t been housed for 7 to 10 years," said Lorenz.

This community will provide 24/7 security, intensive case management for each resident, three meals a day, and mental and physical health care services.

The vast majority are super excited they look down every day they yelled. They asked if the date has moved. We’re really excited.

DignityMoves hopes this housing project will serve as a model for other communities in the region.

"With past grant funding, we’ve supported the Santa Barbara Street Village project ... and it’s had an incredible success moving people into permanent housing, which proves that when people are safe and stable in their housing, they can turn their lives around and can return to normal life," said board member Kerry Parker of Women's Fund of Santa Barbara.

The moving date for residents begins April 22, 2024.

On Friday, April 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. DignityMoves will host the grand opening of its La Posada Interim Supportive Housing Community in Santa Barbara.

Located at 4500 Hollister Avenue, the ribbon cutting ceremony will be hosted by NCIS actor, Duane Henry. 

La Posada Village will house those living in encampments near the 101 freeway and railroad tracks in the immediate area.

Interim supportive housing allows individuals to get off the streets, out of encampments, and focus on longer-term stable housing solutions.

It gives our community members a chance to connect to mental health care, addiction services, career counseling, Social Security, and other benefits.

La Posada is a public-private collaboration between DignityMoves, the County of Santa Barbara, and Good Samaritan Shelter, which will serve as the service provider and operator. 

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