2555 El Portal Drive project gets $16M in Homekey funding

2555 El Portal Drive project gets $16M in Homekey funding
Rendering of the El Portal Project in the City of San Pablo that will serve 54 individuals experiencing chronic homelessnes (Courtesy of the City of San Pablo).

Contra Costa Health Services will receive $16 million in state Project Homekey funds toward construction of a supportive housing project for the formerly homeless on El Portal Drive in San Pablo, California Gov. Newsom announced Wednesday.

The old office building at 2555 El Portal Drive, near Contra Costa College, is set to be converted into a building with 54 micro-units with supportive services for formerly unhoused individuals. The County Board of Supervisors approved the project in February 2022

Contra Costa Health (CCH) expects construction to be completed by February 2024, and the site will open shortly after. Along with the Homekey funds, CCH is using $5.2 million in Measure X funds to realize the project.

Gov. Newsom awarded 2555 El Portal Drive and eight other projects across the state a combined $182 million in Homekey Round 3 Homekey funds, amounting to the creation of 613 new affordable homes, a third of which will be reserved for the chronically homeless, his office said. In total, Round 3 includes $850 million toward projects that expand the availability of housing for chronically homeless as well as those at-risk of becoming homelessness.