Santa Monica Greenlights Housing Project for the Homeless

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( – Last week, city officials in Santa Monica, California gave the green light for a multimillion-dollar apartment unit that will become available to homeless individuals in the area.

The building in question will be used as a place for the homeless to stay, providing studio along with a number of one to three-bedroom apartments. On the ground floor of the unit, there are commercial parking spaces, as well as residential ones. 

The city’s website has made available the design concept, which shows that the building is going to cost over $123 million. This comes out to around $1 million for one of 122 apartments in total. The website also showed another design concept, which would have added up to more than $200 million for 196 apartments. 

The mayor of Santa Monica, Phil Brock, stated that as they move forward, they are planning on bringing affordable and permanent housing solutions to the people. He added that these city-owned properties are part of a strategy that will allow the city to fulfill their Housing Element requirements. He continued by saying that he looked forward to seeing families move into these properties. 

The measure had been approved within days of an audit release where it was indicated that between 2018 and 2023, California had spent $24 billion in order to address homelessness. However, they reportedly did not closely track whether the large payout of public money had managed to do anything to help solve the issues. 

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