Above is the initial site plan presented at an open house on March 21, that was developed based on community feedback provided at earlier open houses in February 2019, according toMidPen Housing.

A project to build 72 new affordable rental apartment homes in Fairfield has received a boost with $4.7 million from the state’s “No Place Like Home” program, Solano County announced.

Half of the units available in the 1700 Santa Monica housing development “will be reserved for individuals suffering from homelessness and/or serious mental illness. The other units will be available for families and individuals making 20 to 60 percent of the area median income, according to the county.

“This is a substantial investment in Solano County from the State of California,” said Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) in a news release. “This housing project is another step towards addressing the alarming increase in individuals suffering from homelessness and mental illness in Solano County.”

The state program was created when then-Gov. Jerry Brown “signed legislation dedicating up to $2 billion in bond proceeds to invest in the development of permanent supportive housing for persons who are in need of mental health services and are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness, or who are at risk of chronic homelessness. The bonds are repaid by funds from the Mental Health Services Act,” the county said.

MidPen Housing has been selected to develop the project at a 3.5-acre site owned by the Fairfield Housing Authority adjacent to Dover Park.