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With a building plan already in place, city and county officials in San Diego are applying for $12 million in state Project Homekey funding to help construct a 40-unit apartment building and medical clinic in El Cerrito that would provide housing for people experiencing or facing homelessness.

The PATH Villas El Cerrito project would cost a total of $24 million to construct and could be completed by next spring. A second phase opening a year later would add an additional 140 units of affordable housing on the same site, 5476 El Cajon Blvd., in the Mid-City area of San Diego.

In advance of the application being filed, the county Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on allocating about $11 million to the project, which would include construction costs plus future services and operating costs. An additional $2 million would come from the city of San Diego’s share of the state Permanent Local Housing Allocation program, established in 2017 by Senate Bill 2, legislation by state Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins. An additional $3 million needed to complete the financing would come from loan funding.

“Delivering viable opportunities for the unsheltered to leave the streets, get the rehabilitative services they need and put them on a trajectory to thrive is our goal for this new Project Homekey partnership,” said Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher. “This project is another example of the historic investments the county is making to tackle the homelessness crisis and build more housing across the region. No single entity can take on these challenges alone, and I am pleased to have great partners like Mayor Gloria, PATH and the San Diego Housing Commission working with us to take action and deliver results.”

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