Welcome to SV@Home’s Policy Rundown, your need-to-know overview of important housing policy actions and developments from the past two weeks.
Mountain View Moves Forward on Potential Hotel Acquisition for Rapid Rehousing
On Tuesday, the Mountain View City Council unanimously directed staff to continue to evaluated the potential acquiring and rehabilitating the Crestview Hotel, which is located along El Camino Real near Mountain View’s border with Sunnyvale, with the goal of converting it into Rapid Rehousing to help people on the brink of homelessness. This creative idea came to the city after the hotel owner saw the success of the state’s Project Homekey and Project Roomkey initiatives. As proposed, the hotel could be converted to up to 67 units of Rapid Rehousing, which is a program designed to help people avoid becoming chronically homeless by providing stable housing and access to services. To facilitate the property acquisition, Santa Clara’s Office of Supportive Housing has agreed to allocate Measure A funds to the effort. While there are still many details to confirm, SV@Home strongly supports the City of Mountain View’s creative approach to finding ways to help our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness or who are right on the brink. The potential hotel acquisition would complement other ongoing Measure A proposals in the city, which are seeking to bring permanent supportive housing opportunities to Lot 12 in the downtown and at 1265 Montecito Avenue.