North Bay Housing Coalition

Creating affordable housing for persons with developmental disabilities


Who We Are

Key in hand

The North Bay Housing Coalition’s mission is to increase affordable housing for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.

The need for the Coalition’s work is crucial when one considers that persons with disabilities continues to be the poorest people in the nation. In 2008, there was not a single housing market in the United States where a person with a disability receiving SSI benefits could afford to rent a modest efficiency or one-bedroom unit and 3.5 million non-elderly people with disabilities receiving SSI benefits cannot afford decent housing without some type of government assistance The driving force of the North Bay Housing Coalition is that all persons with developmental disabilities will have the opportunity to create a living arrangement that allows them to live their best possible life. (source: Priced Out: Technical Assistance Collaborative)

With this hope and desire in mind, the North Bay Housing Coalition began as an informal volunteer group in the early 1990's. It developed with the strong support of North Bay Regional Center (NBRC) and the Area IV Board, and is now a non-profit 501C3 organization. With grants from NBRC, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Department of Developmental Services, the Coalition holds living arrangement workshops, reserved 14 units specifically for persons with developmental disabilities, publishes newsletters, established and maintains website, and provides individualized, personal consultations with individuals and their support network to discuss future living arrangements. It also assists qualified individuals move towards homeownership and works closely with local housing authorities and other housing advocates to increase Section 8 Rental Vouchers and to participate in the Homeownership program.

The Coalition now owns 5 single-family homes and 1 condo--guaranteeing that our tenants' rent will always remain affordable even on their fixed, limited income.

In 2010, NBHC began to offer its Individual Housing Assistance Plan (IHAP) for individual served by NBRC. This is designed to support individuals and families (not already supported by Supported Living or Independent Living agencies) to think about a housing plan specific to one's own needs and desires.

For more information, contact us.

Contact information:

952 School Street #178, Napa CA 94559
Phone: 707-289-7000 ext 1 (Mary Eble);
Fax: 707-676-8613

Why Us

  • Mary Eble, MSSW, is NBHC's Executive Director. She has worked for NBHC since 2001 and is dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in facing the challenges of finding affordable housing with the appropriate support services. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Science in Social Work. She also is the proud aunt of a 32-year man with Down Syndrome.

Board members (alphabetical order)

  • Bill Allen
  • Elizabeth Clary, Executive Director, Alchemia
  • Douglas Cleveland
  • Nancy Gardner
  • Judy Naimo, Realtor