PALO ALTO – The City of Palo Alto and partners just broke ground on Homekey Palo Alto, an interim shelter to serve up to 200 unhoused residents annually that is scheduled for completion by early 2025. It is the latest project funded by the State’s Homekey program which is designed to rapidly expand housing throughout California.
“Homekey Palo Alto is the first of its kind in our community, offering families and individuals an interim home within a safe community—and there is so much more that it offers, including hope, support, and solutions,” said Palo Alto Mayor Lydia Kou. “Thank you to so many partners for making this interim shelter a reality.”
The $37.2 million Homekey Palo Alto project is being co-developed by the City of Palo Alto and LifeMoves, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness in Silicon Valley. When complete, the new interim housing will include on-site services to provide intensive, customized case management for clients including counseling, employment, and housing search services with the goal of paving a path to self-sufficiency.
Hear LifeMoves CEO, Aubrey Merriman speak about the impact of this first-of-its-kind project.
“LifeMoves exists to end homelessness and we can’t do that alone. It takes public, private, and service system partnerships to catalyze innovative projects like these. Thank you, State of California’s Project Homekey, County of Santa Clara, City of Palo Alto, and impact investors like John Sobrato,” said Aubrey Merriam, LifeMoves CEO. “There’s no better time, and no better place, in the great city of Palo Alto for everyone in this community to unite to build critical and dignified interim supportive housing for our unhoused neighbors.”
Homekey Palo Alto is made possible through a combination of State funding combined with local funding from the City of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County and local support from John Sobrato, the Palo Alto Community Fund, and other local donors. The City of Palo Alto has also partnered with the County Office of Supportive Housing to help provide services to residents of the interim housing, and the Santa Clara County Housing Authority is providing expert housing construction management.
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