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About the Villages

Long Beach Savannah Housing, CVC

Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) is a residential community established to break the cycle of homelessness.  A former 26 acre US Naval housing site, CVC has become a nationwide public-private partnership model to benefit those in need.  A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, CVC was established in 1997 when the US Department of Defense transferred the land to CVC under the McKinney Act for the purpose of providing transitional and permanent housing to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Since that time, CVC has developed into a unique supportive housing community that provides housing on any given night to over 1,500 persons.  These include veteran and non-veteran individuals, families, youth and children who are housed within CVC’s robust continuum of supportive housing, ranging from shelter, to transitional housing, to permanent housing.  More than simply providing shelter, CVC has co-located a palette of valuable social services to help residents regain their independence.  To this end, CVC has partnered with fifteen established service providers to provide these much needed services which include: case management, life skills training, substance abuse treatment, affordable child care, a homeless education program, an employment center, a career center, a food service program, and a VA medical clinic among others.

CVC’s mission is to develop, manage, and serve as steward of this 27 acre supportive housing campus so that independent service providers can successfully help individuals and families overcome homelessness.  CVC embraces a vision whereby the cycle of homelessness is broken by offering residents a service-enriched, supportive environment designed to encourage self-sufficiency and promote achievement of the highest human potential.  CVC seeks to provide residents a nurturing, healing environment along with the tools necessary to change behaviors and overcome barriers.  Ultimately, CVC seeks to empower residents to build dreams and reintegrate into mainstream society.

As an organization, CVC serves as steward, fiscal agent, manager, moderator, facilitator, and coordinator for the 27 acre campus community.  CVC creates the physical and regulatory conditions where collaborating programs can succeed in overcoming homelessness.  As a social enterprise, CVC engages in property management, real estate development, and community development activities, all uniformly geared around the vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness.

CVC was founded as a collaborative effort of many players who shared a common vision of addressing the problem of homelessness in unprecedented fashion.  This spirit of collaboration persists today across CVC and its many partners, including private investors, public agencies, government authorities, and private nonprofit organizations.

CVC’s award winning community features the following amenities:

  • Park-like campus setting
  • 24 hour secure entry
  • Recreational areas including basketball court, volleyball court, playgrounds, and open space
  • Social hall and tenant gathering space
  • Convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Community gardens
  • Career center
  • Outpatient health clinic for veterans
  • Affordable telecommunication services including high speed internet, cable TV, and telephone
  • Supportive services through our collaborative network