Total units: Thirty-five supportive housing units. This project is expected to be one of the first modular multifamily permanent supportive housing communities in Santa Cruz County.
Santa Cruz County was awarded a $10.7 million grant to build permanent supportive housing through California’s Project Homekey. Project Homekey is a $1.45 billion state funding program for the development of permanent housing for unhoused people.
Affordable units: Project Homekey requires the units to be deed restricted for 55 years to house “extremely low-income” residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to county documents.
Height: Three stories.
Details: The proposal includes 35 permanent supportive housing units and one manager’s unit “in a compact, three-story building along the rear of the existing parking lot, with some tuck-under and at-grade parking,” according to a February 2022 staff report to county supervisors.
Construction and management: Because Homekey projects must finish construction within 12 months of funding, modular construction is proposed, county leaders have said. Abode Services will provide supportive services to tenants while FPI Property Management will manage the property. Abode operates programs for the unhoused and people at risk of becoming unhoused in Santa Cruz County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Costs: The application for state Project Homekey money is up to $13.5 million. The total project cost is estimated at $26 million. “Homekey funding will also help cover supportive services, property maintenance, and operating costs for the site,” county staff wrote. County staff called the proposal “an extremely rare, historic opportunity, not likely to be repeated in the near term.”
Potential residents: Staff of Santa Cruz County Supervisor Manu Koenig have said that the residents of the proposed building would include 17 veterans, 14 young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, four families with children and an onsite manager.
Other details: “For all intents and purposes, this will look and feel like a regular apartment building,” Koenig wrote in February 2022. “This is not a proposal to build a nightly shelter. There will not be services provided for anyone other than residents. Individuals that have restrictions on where they can live relative to facilities with children will not be approved as tenants at the site.” Koenig said the project will reduce homelessness. “The cure to homelessness is a home. This project proposes to build 35 of them,” Koenig wrote.