What a Week: Building a Solution to the Tri-Valley Homelessness Cycle | News

The ambitious and inspiring project in the residential area on the corner of North Livermore Street and Park Street aims to take a multifaceted approach to the cycle of homelessness.

Jeremy Walsh, editor.

The project, managed by the East Bay Housing Consortium, will include 23 apartments (18 studios and five one-bedroom units) of permanent supportive housing for people trying to escape homelessness.

Targets support for the most vulnerable groups; People in the very low or very low income groups, defined as less than 30% of the median income in an area. Thanks to various subsidies, tenants will only pay 30% of their already low adjusted monthly income for rent.

The residential component will include wheelchair-accessible units and be built with eco-friendly building materials, according to the consortium. There will also be a two-bedroom manager’s apartment, bringing the total number of units to 24.

The site’s support system won’t stop there.

Vineyard Project 2.0 sitemap. (Photo courtesy of Livermore)

The project includes space for a new Homeless Resource Center that offers a health clinic, showers, laundry machines, mailboxes, case management, and mental health support – all tangible services that can provide real-world assistance to non-hospitalized people.

The 10,000-square-foot public support space in Vineyard 2.0 will also contain a commercial-scale kitchen and dining room operated by Open Heart Kitchen, the nonprofit Tri-Valley responsible for providing more than two million meals to people in need last year alone. Just imagine what they will be able to achieve with this new facility.

Talk about a comprehensive vision to combat the cycle of homelessness.

Photo from 2018 of the site when it was operated by Vineyard Christian Fellowship. (Photo courtesy of Livermore)

Of course, these goals won’t be entirely new to this site. For many years, 450 N. Livmore Ave. Home to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship and a program of support for the homeless by local church groups and nonprofits that included hot meals, showers, laundry, and other essential services.

Vineyard 2.0 will just go above and beyond, in a perfect way.

With the shovels now on the ground, I hope construction continues on time and within budget.

It’s a major price tag we’re already talking about — roughly $24.5 million overall for residential and commercial development, which includes a $2 million reserve to support rentals for very low-income homeless.

Partners cover these costs, including the City of Livermore, Alameda County, Measure A1, California No Place Like Home, Livermore Housing Authority, JPMorgan Chase, Dublin and Pleasanton, and Enterprise Community Inc. Run Dollars for the Homeless Resource Center.

Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.

Look at the project site on Pioneer Day. (Photo by Chuck Deckert)

Editor’s note: Jeremy Walsh has been the editor-in-chief of the Embarcadero Media East Buy division since February 2017. What a Week column is published regularly on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

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