Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 6

7 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 6 SILICON VALLEY CREATES INNOVATIVE, MODULAR SOLUTION FOR HOMELESSNESS LifeMoves Issues $250M “Call to Action” to Silicon Valley L ifeMoves, Silicon Valley’s largest provider of interim housing and supportive services for those experiencing homelessness, is proud to announce the opening of LifeMoves Mountain View, an innovative, modular solution to provide interim supportive housing for individuals and families. LifeMoves Mountain View was made possible by the State of California’s Homekey program, the City of Mountain View, the County of Santa Clara, Google, LinkedIn, and other philanthropic donors. Homelessness was already a pervasive and increasingly challenging situation in Silicon Valley. Covid has made it devastating. Taking an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to this urgent problem, LifeMoves partnered with the City of Mountain View and iconic Silicon Valley companies Google and LinkedIn on an innovative approach to providing interim supportive housing to the unhoused. LifeMoves Mountain View, a 100 unit modular interim housing facility, was built and brought into service in 6 months, at a fraction of the cost of new housing units. The site also dedicates 30% of its square footage to space for supportive services and meeting rooms, allowing LifeMoves to provide its clients case management, health care, counseling, life skills, employment and housing search services. LifeMoves programs are intensively provided over 90-120 days, allowing clients to attain stability, build life skills and savings before exiting to stable housing. With this new site, LifeMoves has the capacity to serve 50+% of the current homeless population in Mountain View over the next year. “We are so grateful to Governor Newsom for support through Homekey funding, to Mayor Ellen Kamei and the entire City Council and staff of Mountain View, to the County of Santa Clara and to Google and LinkedIn for their immense support to build this needed facility. State, city, county and corporate leaders, along with philanthropic LifeMoves donors, brought this innovative project to life in an amazingly rapid and cooperative way,” stated LifeMoves CEO Aubrey Merriman. “Together, we have demonstrated that where there is the will, there is a way to work together quickly to provide safe, clean interim housing for our unhoused friends, families and neighbors. Visionary leadership is now being harnessed to solve some of our community’s most pressing issues and LifeMoves is so proud to be a part of the solution.” “LifeMoves Mountain View is a great example of what can happen when state government, local government, corporations, non-profits and philanthropy work together to create innovative solutions to complex issues facing society,” stated California Governor Gavin Newsom. “It OPENING L INES