The project was approved 6-1 with Mayor John Inks opposed over how the city's funds were being used, though he said he saw the value in the project.
It consists of a pair of three-story buildings that will replace a six-unit apartment complex at 1581-1585 El Camino Real. It includes 400-square-foot studios with full kitchens and bathrooms and only 10 parking spaces, as the residents aren't expected to drive.
Linnea Wickstrom said it was the perfect project for her son, who is about ready to move out of the house.
"His dream is to be able to live in his own apartment with a job and maybe even a girlfriend," Wickstrom said. If he is selected to live in the project, "Per may achieve his dream and do what he can for his community."
Residents of the project will receive transportation vouchers and help in finding jobs, among other services from Housing Choices, Inc. a San Jose-based non-profit that specializes in support services for the disabled.
Most of the project — 16 units — is designated for those whose income is 30 percent of the area's median household income, which is $89,000 according to 2007-2011 census. Another 10 units are for those earning 50 percent of the area's median income.
The project is a result of new "Notice of Funding Availability" process for distributing the city's below market rate housing funds. The city contributed $3.4 million in housing funds to the $10.3 million project by First Community Housing.
Relocating the six low-income households that now live on the site — who pay rents as low as $750 a month — will cost $176,000.