The City of Modesto in partnership with Center for Human Services was awarded $3.9 million dollars in State Project Homekey funds to convert a commercial space into 14 units of supportive housing for homeless youth and youth at-risk of homelessness. “We’re excited to be awarded State funding to assist some of our most vulnerable population – homeless youth, with permanent housing” says Jessica Hill, Community Development Manager.

By the end of this year, we look forward to highlighting the completion of this project, located at 1208 9th Street in downtown Modesto. The project is in a key location close to include a transit center, grocery store, health facility, library, pharmacy and youth employment center located within one-half mile of the project; and a junior college is located within one mile of the project. Additionally, it is a 12-minute bus ride to Center for Human Services’ Youth Navigation Center (YNC), a one-stop service hub for youth aged 13-25 in crisis, unstably housed and/or experiencing homelessness. Supportive services include, but are not limited to, comprehensive case management, service referral/linkages, employment readiness, educational support, and behavioral health services.

“This will be another exciting project to add to our continued efforts of addressing homelessness in our community”, said Joe Lopez, City Manager for City of Modesto.

Project Homekey is a new State funding source that provides the opportunity for regional, and local public entities to develop a broad range of housing types, including but not limited to hotels, motels, hostels, single-family homes and multifamily apartments, adult residential facilities, and manufactured housing;  and to convert commercial properties and other existing buildings to Permanent or Interim Housing for individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.  Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced another $136.6 million in awards for 10 new Homekey projects located across the state. When fully operational, the projects will provide 488 housing units for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness.