Palo Alto Housing is now Alta Housing

After 50 Years, We’ve Outgrown Our Name –  Not Our Mission!

  • We are Now Alta Housing
    We are Now Alta Housing

    Palo Alto has been home to Alta Housing for 50 years. Throughout this time, we have evolved in the services we provide and who we serve. We recognized a need for a new name that better reflects our story as a community-based nonprofit serving economically diverse communities. Working with our partners and stakeholders has allowed us to help people beyond our original dream. While it didn’t seem possible back then, we are involved in communities across the San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, yet we still call Palo Alto home. We use our 50th anniversary to announce “We are Now Alta Housing!”

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  • “Living here, you can see the opportunity to progress. This program has given me more confidence and more security to open myself to new opportunities.”
    “Living here, you can see the opportunity to progress. This program has given me more confidence and more security to open myself to new opportunities.”
    - Ruth P.


    “Paso a paso,” says Ruth, which means “step by step” in English. Step by step, Ruth and her family will continue bettering their lives.

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  • Who We Serve
    Who We Serve

    Since 1970, Alta Housing has been creating developments for people of diverse economic backgrounds to thrive. Our communities consist of healthcare workers, seniors, veterans, school support staff, clerical workers, construction workers, waiters and waitresses, and postal service employees. Times have changed since our early days, but we continue to give residents a chance for growth and advancement. In addition to housing, we offer a variety of services so residents can build better lives for themselves. The Resident Service Program includes classes and workshops for children and adults, summer programs for students, family nights, holiday events, job coaching, parent support, fitness classes, English as a Second Language classes, computer literacy, along with senior wellness services. Our efforts result in well-managed, award-winning housing celebrating individuals, empowering residents in capturing their goals, and connecting our communities.

A Bright Future

As we plan for our next 50 years supporting people in safe and empowering living environments, we hope you’ll stay with us as we establish more communities of economic diversity in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. With a community-based board and an experienced staff, we intend to work with more cities and organizations in helping people achieve greater success in life. We have accomplished much, but together we can support so many more – Alta Housing and you.


Our Impact

Alta Housing is currently under construction on 67 residential units at 2821 El Camino Real in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood in San Mateo County. The new, 100% affordable housing community will provide independent living for a mix of low-income families, including veterans. Centrally located on El Camino Real, a few blocks from Woodside Road, this new development will be within walking distance of a grocery, a pharmacy, restaurants, and public transit. The new community is slated for October 2020 completion.

Alta Housing is planning to break ground on two projects later this year:

  • Wilton Court at 3705 El Camino Real in Palo Alto will offer 59 affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments for individuals. Twenty-one apartments will be reserved for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Housing Choices will coordinate the supportive services for those with disabilities. Wilton Court is conveniently located on El Camino Real in the Ventura neighborhood, close to a bus stop served by VTA Route 22. Onsite amenities include a community room with kitchen, exercise room, bicycle storage, and laundry facilities.
  • 950 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View will be a new 71-unit, 100% affordable housing community providing independent living for a mix of single and two-person households earning between 50% to 70% of the area median income (AMI). Fifteen of the units are reserved for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and individuals who live or work in Mountain View will have priority for the remaining units. The development has great proximity to transit and is within walking distance of downtown Mountain View and many amenities. Designed to achieve LEED Gold, the new community is expected to break ground in the next two to three months.

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