Downsizing of the Sonoma State Developmental Center In California
The closure of the Sonoma State Development Center required finding homes for some of the most medically
challenged clients in the North Bay and East Bay areas of California. As the closure deadline approached, the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) needed to quickly find homes for these clients.
The Sonoma Developmental Center, the oldest facility in California established specifically for serving the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities – closed its doors after 127 years. The Developmental Center – known for generations simply as SDC – was ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 to begin a three-year closure process, with an official shut date of Dec. 31, 2018.
The Scioto Solution
Scioto proposed a turnkey solution to find a total of 13 homes for all of the remaining clients in the Sonoma SDC. The primary objectives included:
- Quickly finding and acquiring adequate single-family residences within 6 months.
- Provide financing for the acquired 13 homes.
- Work with the California DDS, Providers and families on designing and developing the required renovations.
- Provide project supervision during renovations of the homes.
Thirteen homes were purchased and fully renovated in the years 2018-19.
Scioto was able to provide:
- Capital to purchase the homes.
- ADA housing design and development expertise to modify the homes for the needs of the individuals who would be residing in the homes.
- Collaboration with the California DDS, Providers and families to provide beautiful and functional community homes for clients to enjoy.
Sonoma DC was able to discharge the last remaining clients and close the facility.