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Supervisors Move Forward on Affordable Housing in Mountain View

Veterans, low-income households and people with special needs to benefit

SAN JOSE – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to approve the purchase of land in Mountain View to develop a 100-unit affordable housing project known as La Avenida Apartments.

“It helps everybody when we’re able to help folks get off the streets,” said County Supervisor Joe Simitian, whose District includes Mountain View. “By providing safe, stable, and affordable housing, we can help folks get themselves to a better place, and create a sense of community.”

The County will acquire property located at 1100 La Avenida Avenue in Mountain View, within the North Bayshore Precise Plan, for this housing project. The site is currently developed with two industrial buildings, which were built in 1980. Demolition of the existing structures will allow for the construction of a 100-unit, four-story affordable apartment building. In addition to two manager units, there will be seven apartments set aside as Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units to help individuals and families with special needs; 25 apartments will be set aside for homeless veterans, and the remaining 66 apartments will be affordable to lower-income households, including those with children.

“The City is proud to partner with the County and Eden Housing to deliver La Avenida Apartments, which will be among the first 2016 Measure A funded projects completed in Mountain View,” said Mountain View Mayor Lucas Ramirez.

Earlier this year, the City of Mountain View and County of Santa Clara entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to allocate Measure A Affordable Housing Bond funding to advance the development of hundreds of affordable housing units in Mountain View, many with supportive services, through a partnership with the County’s Office of Supportive Housing.

These Measure A funds are available as a result of a 2016 County-wide ballot measure. Simitian said he was, “pleased to see more of these dollars benefiting North County residents. The need is tremendous in every corner of our County.”

“Our MOU with the City is paving the way for the delivery of hundreds of units, and is another great example of government at various levels working collaboratively with good results,” said Simitian. “If we work together in partnership, we can make so much more progress.”