Hillcrest Village is a first-in-the-nation Net Zero Energy emergency shelter and supportive housing development where 100% of utilities are supplied by on-site solar panels. Designed, funded, and built by the community, Hillcrest Village represents local solutions to climate change.
“I had previously been a bit skeptical about the affordability of constructing such energy efficient homes. Through the process, I am changing the way I will build in the future.”
– Steve Schmidt, President Schmidt Homes
CAC’s four current emergency shelters are full 365 days per year — providing nearly 1,500 nights of shelter to families and neighbors in need.
CAC’s supportive housing units provide long-term housing for more than 10 families who experience chronic homelessness year round.
CAC provides emergency rent relief of nearly $100,000 to more than 150 families each year, preventing the traumatic impact of housing instability or eviction.
On average, CAC maintains waiting lists of 5–10 households in need of emergency shelter.
With an affordable housing vacancy rate at less than 1%, families struggle to leave CAC’s emergency shelters.
CAC currently spends thousands of dollars each year on hotel rooms, providing temporary shelter, but never a home.
Rice County is the third most expensive housing district in Minnesota, outside of Rochester and the Twin Cities.