River District Landing, a new two-phase development, includes plans to convert the former 272-unit Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento into a revitalized residential community to serve working families and formerly homeless individuals. This is the latest redevelopment project in the River District, a business improvement district located just north of downtown Sacramento and bordered to the north by the American River. The adaptive reuse of this hotel conversion at 321 Bercut Drive is a joint partnership among Jamboree, the City of Sacramento Housing Authority – which is a member of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) – and Hope Cooperative, also known as TLCS, Inc.
Renovation of the two-parcel site will be completed in two phases:
- Phase 1, or Bercut Village, will include 102 studios of Permanent Supportive Housing.
- Phase 2, or Discovery Apartment Homes, will include a mix of workforce housing for up to 170 families, which will feature community space for shared activities and supportive programming designed to meet the needs of all residents.
About Phase 1: Bercut Village
During Phase 1, Jamboree and Hope Cooperative will provide immediate housing with extensive supportive services for residents via funds secured through Homekey, a pool of $550 million created from the federal CARES Act coronavirus relief package and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to help local governments purchase hotels and motels to permanently house homeless individuals. Governments and developers have to move swiftly on the program, as the CARES Act funds expire on December 31, 2020. As a result, Jamboree will work quickly to make necessary repairs and replace furnishings and systems at Bercut Village. Onsite services will provide the health and stability necessary for formerly homeless residents to successfully live independently.
After receiving entitlements to operate as permanent housing and securing additional funding, Bercut Village will be fully developed into Permanent Supportive Housing. Kitchenettes will be added to each studio, and other building improvements will be made to keep the property well maintained for years to come.
Is Bercut Village another name for a homeless shelter?
Bercut Village is not a shelter. Unlike temporary shelters, supportive housing combines affordable housing with best-practice services for individuals with disabilities and a history of homelessness. Individuals must qualify for this specific housing and are referred to the property from participating agencies, and a vast array of onsite resident services will be provided. There will be no onsite intake center at Bercut Village for those experiencing homelessness.
Hope Cooperative will provide onsite services to Bercut Village residents, including case management, life skills education, and opportunities for social connectedness and meaningful activities, with the goal of long-term housing stability. Since the 1980s, the nonprofit has been providing behavioral health and supportive housing services for people with mental health challenges, serving more than 8,000 people in the Sacramento community each year.
About Phase 2: Discovery Apartment Homes
Phase 2 of the development project will convert the remaining hotel units into 130 to 170 apartments for working families. Currently, Discovery Apartment Homes is slated for completion in 2024.
River District Landing’s two phases will both serve as an immediate step to positively impact the challenges of homelessness in the area and proactively promote housing choice in the River District. Also, Bercut Village and Discovery Apartment Homes will address the tremendous and long-standing need for housing at all income levels. When complete, River District Landing will demonstrate what’s possible when private and public sectors collaborate to address the city’s significant housing shortage.
Want to attend the meeting?
An online neighborhood workshop to discuss River District Landing’s hotel conversion will be held on Wednesday, September 23, at 6 pm.
Join staff from Jamboree and its partners, the City of Sacramento Housing Authority, and Hope Cooperative.
What's on the agenda?
- Who are the co-developers, Jamboree and Hope Cooperative?
- What’s the concept for the development?
- What’s the approach to resident services?
- What criteria is used to qualify residents who will be living at Bercut Village?
- What type of security will be present on the property?
- What’s the anticipated construction timeline?
- Other questions from the community.