On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, the City of Modesto celebrated the opening of 14 permanent supportive housing units for homeless and at-risk youth in Downtown Modesto.
On January 31, 2022, the City of Modesto, in partnership with Center for Human Services, applied to the State of California for a Project Homekey grant. On March 30, 2022, the City was notified of a project award of $3,973,353. The award was used to help acquire and convert a commercial building, located at 1208 9th Street, into permanent supportive housing for youth aged 18 – 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
“There is no higher calling than taking care of our community’s most vulnerable and homeless children and youth are some of our most vulnerable,” said Modesto Mayor Sue Zwahlen. “This is another important milestone in our efforts to end homelessness here in Modesto.”
The project consists of 10 studio apartments and four one-bedroom units. Each unit is fully furnished and includes a kitchenette, washer and dryer, and wireless internet access. For a household of one to qualify for a unit, the maximum household income is $17,750 per year. Rent will be affordable and will not exceed 30% of each respective household income, totaling approximately $444 per month.
“The City of Modesto is so excited to have partnered with Center for Human Services in this project and successfully received State Project Homekey funding to assist. The new permanent housing units for youth are essential in our partnership and goal of ending youth homelessness in our community,” said Modesto Community and Economic Development Director Jessica Hill.
This project received Project Homekey youth set-aside funding in the amount of $3,793,353, $176,798 of the funding was for supportive services. The City also provided $500,000 in Permanent Local Housing Allocation funding for the acquisition and commercial conversion of the building.
In addition to the City of Modesto, Center for Human Services has partnered with Stanislaus County Affordable Development Corporation, Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority, and the Stanislaus County System of Care for ongoing services and operational support. Tenants will receive supportive services and case management services to include behavioral health, physical health, education, and employment services.
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