A group of five low-income seniors will soon have a group home in Mountain View after $1.2 million in city affordable housing funds were approved Tuesday.
With the new funding San Jose-based Senior Housing Solutions will soon select a home in Mountain View that can house five seniors. The agency already operates 15 such group homes for seniors averaging 72 years old, with rents an average rent of $300 a month. The seniors are regularly provided various health and social services.
"I hate to say 'Here's $1 million, go try a project,' but that's kind of what we're doing," said Mayor Jac Siegel.
Council member Laura Macias made the only vote against the request, saying that the agency's staff of three could not adequately maintain what would be 16 group homes. "That doesn't meet my pragmatic standard in terms of what is doable," she said.
It was pointed out by council member Margaret Abe-Koga that the subsidy per person for the project, $240,000, was higher than the 51-unit affordable housing project for families on Evelyn Avenue, which she put at $150,000 per person if four people lived in each unit. Nevertheless, she and other council members felt it was a worthwhile investment in a project that serves a unique population of low-income seniors.
City staff reported that 16 Mountain View seniors on a waiting list of 350 would be given priority for the new home.