The Need for Affordable Senior Housing by Davis Residents

Senior Apartments

The West Davis Active Adult Community has an affordable housing plan that exceeds city requirements by twice the amount.

The proposed 150 unit affordable senior rental housing complex has an anticipated housing mix includes:

  • Approx. 35% of the apartments will be affordable to households whose incomes do not exceed $13,475
  • Approx. 35% of the apartments will be affordable to households whose incomes do not exceed $26,950
  • Approx. 30% of the apartments will be affordable to households whose incomes do not exceed $32,000
Waiting list for Affordable Rental Units at Eleanor Roosevelt Circle as of September 2017
Average Time on the waiting list for Davis Affordable Units to Seniors at 25% median income.

Delta Senior Housing Communities Background Information

We proudly present our affordable senior housing community  as part of the proposed West Davis Active Adult Community

Delta Senior Housing Communities (DSHC) and Neighborhood Partners, LLC (NP) have been provided with a commitment for five acres of land by the West Davis Active Adult Community (WDAAC) to fulfill the affordable housing requirements of the proposed WDAAC development. See information at

DSHC and NP are proud to be asked to participate in the outstanding proposal for a feature rich West Davis Active Adult Community.

By providing the land for 150 affordable apartments, the developer (WDAAC) is providing almost double the number of affordable units required by the City of Davis affordable housing requirements.  No other developer has ever come close to this amount.

On that five acre parcel, DSHC/NP will develop an affordable senior campus of about 150 apartments composed of probably two phases of about 75 apartments each.

The DSHC senior campus will contain a number of amenities such as; a community building with a meeting hall, library, community store, and offices for management and social services personnel.

The DSHC senior campus will also provide areas for a community garden, raised beds, recreation, walking paths, orchards, barbeque pits and places for outdoor gatherings and events.

DSHC will use the extensive senior living experience it has gained since 2007 from operating Eleanor Roosevelt Circle (ERC) in Davis (60 apartments) and Heritage Commons (HC) in Dixon (two phases of 60 and 54 apartments and a planned third phase of 44 apartments) = 158 senior apartments total.  DSHC will provide an appropriate level of social service support staff.

The DSHC senior campus will employ the highest environmental standards that are feasible and use the best energy savings methods possible. We will add as much solar as is economically feasible and bring the highest energy savings to our resident seniors as we can. Five years from now who knows what progress will have been made.

As we do with Eleanor Roosevelt Circle DSHC we will look forward to partnering with a host of local organizations to bring programs, events, benefits and services to enrich and enhance the lives of our resident seniors. Below is a list of some of the partners at ERC that we would invite to work at the WDAAC community. (See Appendix A)

It should be understood that the opportunity to develop another 150 affordable apartments for seniors in Davis is critically important to serving the growing need of local seniors for affordable housing and services.

The permanent waiting list for Eleanor Roosevelt Circle alone is now over 200 seniors and the wait for the apartments set aside for seniors at 25% of median income is usually about three years. Many Davis seniors don’t even add their name to the list when they hear how long the wait might be. Waiting lists for the other affordable senior apartments in Davis are also large and long.

With no other affordable senior housing in the pipeline, the WDAAC becomes the only opportunity in Davis to add additional affordable senior apartments in the next ten years.

The range of affordability we will achieve at the West Davis location will be determined by the availability of specific financing. However, the apartments likely available will be affordable to households from 25% – 60% of median income. To give an example, a single senior would be eligible for housing (using 2016 HUD limits) from below $13,475 (25% of median income) up to $32,300 (60% of median income). A married senior couple would be eligible with income of up to $36,900 (60% median income). So affordable housing in our DSHC Davis communities is available to many seniors.

This specific West Davis location has many unique qualities that might not be available at other sites. Being right next door to Sutter Hospital and to the CommuniCare Davis Clinic means that our resident seniors have a range of health care and dental options right on their doorstep. The site is only a half mile away from the Marketplace Shopping Center where there is a supermarket, financial institution, drugstore, and many restaurants and services. The site is also directly on city wide bus routes going either east or west on Covell.  As it already does, Davis Community Transit also would provide a transportation link for our resident seniors in the WDAAC.

Some of the Nonprofit and Community Groups that use the ERC Community Building and offer their events to our resident seniors:

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (lectures, talks, films, etc)
  • Intergenerational Jammers (Music Group)
  • Senior Link (Informational Presentations)
  • Veteran’s Administration (Informational Presentations)
  • Legal Services of Northern California (Informational Presentations)
  • Woodland Hearing Aid Services (Informational Presentations)
  • Yolo Hospice (Informational Presentations)
  • Chicken and Dumplin (Music Group)
  • Berryessa Gold Chorus (Music Group)
  • Woodland Healthcare (Presentations)
  • University Farm Circle Book Club
  • University Farm Circle Bridge Club
  • Acme Theatre Company
  • American Association of University Women, Davis Branch
  • Compassionate Friends
  • The Food Bank of Yolo County
  • The Davis Food Coop (Cooking Demonstrations)
  • Yolo County District Attorney’s Office (Informational Presentations)
  • The Red Hat Ladies “Sugar Time Follies” (Music Group)
  • Right and Relevant Thrift Store
  • Moonlite Transitions (Informational Presentation)
  • In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Project Impact, Society for the Blind (Informational Presentations)
  • Yolo Housing Authority
  • Paratransit Inc. (Informational Presentation)
  • California Telephone Access Service (Informational Presentations)
  • American Red Cross (Informational Presentations)

  1. Thompson, 2017

Within WDAAC along West Covell Blvd in West Davis there is a proposed 150 apartment affordable senior housing campus community. The senior campus will be a Davis based partnership of Delta Senior Housing Communities, Neighborhood Partners and The John Stewart Company.  We will endeavor to achieve wherever possible the following sustainability features taking into account both funding opportunities and cost limitations;

Green and Environmental Features

  • “Build it Green” certified & incorporating passive solar
  • Will incorporate as many solar panels as possible as tax law allows
  • Exceed State Energy Standards by more than 25%
  • Use “Cool” roofing materials and radiant barriers
  • Use recycled materials as much as possible
  • All apartments are south facing for highest capture of solar values
  • All apartments receive sun during winter/cooler seasons
  • Central landscaped courtyards highlight green features
  • Landscaped bio-swale where possible to cleanse storm water runoff
  • Robust landscaping designed for water efficiency
  • All apartments have natural cross ventilation
  • All apartments have Energy Star appliances
  • All windows and frames have high energy efficiency
  • We will link all residents to low income utility programs
  • Trex recyclable materials used wherever possible in decking, railings, etc.
  • Paths built to encourage walking and outdoor activities
  • Benches built to encourage sitting and gathering outside
  • Picnic and barbeque areas to encourage outside activities
  • Raised garden beds and land set aside for resident gardens
  • Garden Sheds set aside for tool storage
  • Community orchards and land set aside to grow fruits and vegetables
  • Distribute on site grown fruit and vegetables to residents
  • Create as much reserved parking as possible for green re-use

Living Features

  • All apartments designed for full adaptability – accessibility
  • All apartments include fire sprinklers for safety
  • All apartments have environmentally responsive flooring
  • All apartments overlook landscaped areas or central courtyard
  • All ground floor units have outdoor patios
  • All apartments designed for flow through fresh air to reduce HVAC use
  • All windows open to the fresh air yet covered for inclement weather
  • Our design eliminates all institutional indoor corridors
  • Every apartment has a spacious roll in shower
  • Water saving uses incorporated into apartment and building design
  • Interior finishes selected for optimum indoor air quality
  • Siding chosen to vary between different looking materials
  • Elevators in all buildings for universal access
  • Stairs in numerous locations for each building to encourage exercise

Community Features

  • On site solar panels to operate electricity for community power uses
  • Community Room to accommodate meetings, classes, activities, etc.
  • Communal Laundry facilities to encourage social interaction
  • Communal Laundry reduces use of 150 washers and dryers
  • Community kitchen space to accommodate resident potlucks and group meals
  • Community Room opens out onto Patio and Courtyard
  • Offices for Site Manager, Social Services Coordinator and others
  • Community Library
  • On Line Computer Kiosk for use by residents
  • Community Shop (resident run services)
  • Links to Village Harvest, Farm Davis for distribution of surplus crops
  • Links to Nugget, Food Co-op, Panera Bread and others for surplus food distribution
  • Space set aside for Food Bank and other food distribution networks
  • Indoor seating area for residents awaiting transportation pick-up
  • Drop Off area for Davis Community Transit, and other transportation services
  • Nearby spaces set side for Zip Car and other shared vehicle programs
  • Incorporate Electric Vehicle Charging Stations where possible
  • Focus on reducing vehicular trips
  • Encourage use of Unitrans, Yolobus and other public transportation
  • Pursue additional sustainability facilities on the 5 acre Senior Campus

Davis Senior Campus Commons at West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA.

See website for project details

Delta Senior Housing Communities (DSHC) serving the Seniors of Davis

Eleanor Roosevelt Circle, 675 Cantrill Dr. Davis, CA 95616

September, 2017. Contact David J. Thompson: 530-757-2233