Dignity Village features 48 rooms with the capacity to serve up to 61 individuals at a time. Construction commenced on October 24, 2023 and the site opened less than 8 months later. Each resident receives their own private room with a door that locks, so they can bring their pets, and keep their belongings safe, and finally take a deep breath. Each cabin features an ensuite bathroom, high quality furniture, individually controlled heating and AC, and WiFi. Thoughtfully designed by Gensler, this two-story housing community also includes auxiliary buildings with staff offices, training rooms, a dining room, kitchen, and guest storage. Outdoor amenities include a community garden, pet relief area, and a beautiful, ADA accessible deck.
Supportive services and day to day operational support are managed by Five Keys.
Five Keys utilizes a housing-first model to provide care that is client-centered, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, age appropriate, and gender responsive. Their programs prioritize skills training, job placement, and the support of transitional age youth, while also recognizing diverse identities and unique needs of each resident.
The odd-shaped site had been affectionately known as the “bottle parcel” and was considered infeasible for any traditional development. The city had tried to sell it for years to no avail. By partnering with DignityMoves and Gensler, the City was able to optimize the site for Alameda’s first interim housing community. In just one year, this odd shaped piece of land will serve over ½ of the Alamedians experiencing homelessness.