Move-in day approaches for formerly homeless at former Redwood City hotel

Move in day approaches at former Redwood City hotel that will now house formerly homeless

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A former Redwood City hotel that has transitioned into housing for the formerly homeless will welcome 51 new residents in late February or early March, according to the San Mateo County Department of Housing.

San Mateo County acquired and renovated the former Comfort Inn & Suites hotel at 1818 El Camino Real with support from nearly $16 million in state Project Homekey funds and $13.2 million in COVID-related federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The residential units in the property, now called Casa Esperanza (House of Hope), have been upgraded, including with new kitchens. Eleven units were retrofitted to meet accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional upgrades, such as a new community room, landscaping and other external improvements, are expected to be completed this spring.

The County selected Alta Housing and the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County to operate Casa Esperanza.

In addition to housing, the property will offer case management, resident engagement, health and wellness programs and job counseling.

For more information about the project visit the Casa Esperanza website at 1818 El Camino Real.