December 11, 2023

Building is underway on two new homeless shelters within the Bay Space — a prefabricated mission in Palo Alto for greater than 200 folks and a tiny dwelling village in Richmond for greater than a dozen younger adults.

At a groundbreaking ceremony this week for the Palo Alto website, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian applauded the mission deliberate for close to the Baylands at 1237 San Antonio Street as a vital step towards bringing extra of the county’s almost 10,000 homeless residents indoors.

“We all know interim shelter is barely a part of the answer, however we are able to’t permit of us to stay on our streets whereas they look forward to everlasting housing,” Simitian stated in an announcement.

The power, with 88 “modular” items resembling delivery containers, is anticipated to open by early 2025, officers stated. It’s estimated to value round $37 million, with $22 million coming from California’s $3.75 billion Homekey homeless housing program.

The remainder of the cash is being put up by the town, county and personal sources, together with $5 million from Silicon Valley billionaire developer and philanthropist John A. Sobrato. Sobrato’s basis additionally put $5 million towards a 204-unit modular shelter additionally underneath building at Branham Lane and Monterey Street in San Jose.

The South Bay nonprofit Life Strikes will function website, offering supportive providers with the aim of transferring residents into everlasting housing. Shelter residents, together with households, will be capable to keep for round three to 6 months.

However with a extreme scarcity of reasonably priced housing within the area, discovering residents lasting houses will probably be an ongoing problem. In Santa Clara County, solely about 4 in 10 folks staying in numerous shelter applications transfer to everlasting housing, in keeping with federal information.