LARKSPUR (BCN / CBS SF) – A former qualified care facility in Larkspur is being viewed as a potential new project home key location for housing the currently homeless.
City officials are working with Marin County and Episcopal Community Services on a grant application under the state’s Project Homekey program to convert the 1251 S. Eliseo Drive facility into 43 “permanent supportive housing” units for single adults in the county are homeless. According to a joint statement released on Tuesday.
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“This development is a win-win situation. It is revitalizing an unused property and providing much-needed housing for some of Marin’s most vulnerable people, ”said Kevin Haroff, Larkspur Mayor.
In addition to housing, the location would offer a range of services including case management, mental health, educational and career programs.
Episcopal Community Services is currently negotiating the purchase of the building, which is located on an idyllic stretch of Corte Madera Creek and will also serve as operator of the facility.
Officials plan to submit the grant application in early October.
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The project is undergoing an “exhaustive review process” during which organizers will seek public opinion, according to Tuesday’s announcement.
Should the state funding come through, the Episcopal Community Services, the city and the district plan to form an advisory group in which representatives of all three organizations as well as actors from the neighborhood and people “who have lived homelessness” are represented.
While cost estimates are still in the early stages and could change, the total price is estimated at around $ 20.5 million, with the county bringing in about $ 8 million and the remainder coming from the state, according to ECS spokesman Alex Tourk.
If all goes well, the new enclosures could be operational by the end of 2022, Tourk said.
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