Work is underway on a 49-unit homeless housing project
Mountain View Mayor Allison Hicks and other officials at the site of a homeless housing facility under construction in El Camino Real. (Jamboree Housing Company)
A new supportive housing project is under construction in Mountain View, which is set to provide dozens of local homeless people with a permanent roof over their heads.
Future residents, including unhoused youth exiting the foster care system, will have private apartments with kitchenettes and bathrooms, as well as access to on-site case management and life skills counseling. They will contribute 30% of their income towards rent and will receive housing vouchers to cover the rest.
Work broke ground on the 49-unit facility last month on the site of the former Crestview Motel at 901 East El Camino Real. It is expected to open next summer.
“Converting the Crestview Hotel into permanent affordable housing for at-risk families and youth demonstrates Mountain View’s commitment to addressing the housing crisis,” Mayor Allison Hicks said in a statement.
The project cost, including the purchase of the property, is expected to reach approximately $40.5 million. That works out to about $827,000 per unit, a number developers say is in line with the cost of building affordable housing in the expensive Bay Area.
Nearly $17 million of that price tag is covered by California’s multibillion-dollar Homekey program, which since its launch during the pandemic has helped create at least 12,000 housing and shelter units for homeless people across the state. Santa Clara County provided nearly $15 million more in local, state and federal funds. Mountain View also contributed more than $9 million in federal grant money.
The Irvine-based nonprofit Jamboree Housing Corporation is developing the project. The developer will work closely with the city and county to operate the facility and provide services to residents, officials said.
“This is too big a challenge for any community to tackle alone,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement. “Nonprofit partners are essential to making sure everyone has a safe place to lay their heads at night.”
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