City Goverment, Community

$28.6 million awarded for affordable housing

October 9, 2018

Rendering of Matyas Village

The Hayward City Council voted last week to appropriate $28.6 million to support development of 259 apartments for people with low and extremely low incomes and who are homeless.

The Council allocated the funds to support three projects—two proposed by nonprofit developer EAH Housing, Inc., of San Rafael, and one by Abode Services, of Fremont, a nonprofit agency specializing in securing permanent homes for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The EAH projects, Matsya Family Villas, 22648 2nd St., and Mission Senior Paradise, 28000 Mission Blvd., would create 57 apartments for low-income and extremely low-income households, and 76 apartments for independent seniors who are low-income and extremely low-income.

The Abode Services project, at 2595 Depot Road, would create 126 micro apartments for low-income and extremely low-income people with on-site coordination of mental-health, addiction, employment and other social and support services.  To be developed by Abode Services development affiliate Allied Housing, the project would reserve 31 units for homeless people and 31 for people living with mental-health disabilities.

By prioritizing housing for people experiencing homelessness, the funding award addresses a need identified in the most recent point-in-time count of homelessness in Alameda County.  According to that January 2017 study, there are estimated to be more than 300 unsheltered homeless people in Hayward—primarily single adults, many with disabling conditions, who are living outside of or without access to even an emergency shelter.