Once completed, the approved projects will provide 605 housing unitsCalifornia Blueprint offers an additional $2 billion, for a total of $14 billion for homelessness, which will create 55,000 new housing and treatment windows in the coming years
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced $181 million in funding for 13 new Homekey projects across the state. When fully operational, the projects will provide 605 housing units for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Today’s announcement, added to recent Homekey Round 2 awards, means the state has funded 39 projects statewide so far this year, for a total allocation of more than $695 million. Since announcing Homekey’s $2.75 billion expansion in September, the state has already approved projects that, when complete, will create more than 2,400 homes for Californians who need it most. housing. “Every Californian deserves a safe place to call home,” Governor Newsom said. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have housed thousands of people, and almost every week we approve more Homekey projects – including today’s projects, which will get hundreds more people off the streets. and place them in a supportive environment with the essential resources they need.” “Homeless people need a safe place to call home as soon as possible,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez. “Homekey continues to show that we can create these homes quickly by turning hotels, offices and even vacant lots into permanent homes. Through this program and a partnership with local communities, this week an additional 605 families and individuals will have a roof over their heads and access the services they need. “It’s exciting to see so many great Homekey projects moving forward — projects that will eventually create more than 600 quality housing units to positively impact the lives of people across California,” said Gustavo Velasquez, director of the Department of Housing and Community Development. “These 13 projects showcase innovation, a variety of housing types and, most importantly, our resolve to solve our state’s housing crisis.” Today’s awards include the following projects:
- Tulare County will receive $14.5 million to acquire and rehabilitate a 57-unit hotel currently operating as a Project Roomkey site for permanent supportive housing. The project will serve the chronically homeless and homeless households. Support services will be coordinated across multiple providers to include case management, access to physical and behavioral health services, education and employment services, assistance with obtaining benefits and essential documents , and other services such as housing maintenance skills, legal assistance and family connection services.
- The city of Merced will receive $4.2 million to build a 21-unit modular shipping container dwelling, providing permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans. Support services include, but are not limited to, intensive case management services, linkages to behavioral and physical health services, assistance with obtaining essential benefits and documents, and referral services. education and employment.
- Orange County received over $6 million to acquire a motel and convert it into a permanent 21-unit supportive housing development. This motel shares a yard with a Homekey Round 1 motel, The Tahiti, which is a 60 unit project. Beneficiaries are building a community structure funded by the Tahiti Project that will serve residents of both projects.
- The town of Redlands received $30 million to purchase a project that proposes the rehabilitation of a 99-room hotel into a 98-room residence to provide supportive housing and serve people experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness or at risk of homelessness with incomes equal to or less than 30% of the region’s median income.
- Riverside County received nearly $12 million to purchase a project that proposes the conversion of a 53-room hotel into a 52-room residence to provide permanent housing for the chronically homeless and homeless. All units will be subsidized by project-based Section 8 vouchers and will receive specific and targeted on-site support services designed to help residents stabilize and thrive.
- Los Angeles County will receive $7.3 million to acquire and rehabilitate a 21-unit former hotel in Redondo Beach, providing permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless households. Off-site amenities, located within half a mile of the project, include a health facility, pharmacy, and public transit. The project will partner with several service providers to provide support services such as intensive case management.
- Los Angeles County will also receive $25.2 million to acquire and rehabilitate a 76-unit hotel for permanent supportive housing, fully serving chronically homeless households. The property is located close to amenities and within walking distance of a public transport station. It is less than half a mile from a grocery store, health facility, and pharmacy. Support services include case management, benefits advocacy, beneficiary services, linkages and referrals, medical, mental health and addictions linkages.
- Los Angeles County will also receive $14.7 million for a 44-unit hotel conversion project in Westlake. The Lyfe Inn will provide interim housing for medium to large homeless and chronically homeless families. Seven units will be accessible to people with reduced mobility and five units will be accessible to people with audiovisual impairments. Comprehensive on-site services will include a commissary that will provide three meals a day, case management, housing navigation, crisis intervention and conflict resolution. The site is within walking distance of MacArthur Park, the subway station, a major grocery store, a pharmacy, and two major medical centers.
- Los Angeles County also received $13.8 million to purchase a project that proposes the conversion of a 40-bedroom unit in the heart of the Boyle Heights neighborhood to provide transitional housing for youth at risk of homelessness. It is a historic property that once served as a boarding house for repatriated Japanese Americans, who were forced to leave Los Angeles and move into internment camps during World War II to recover. on their feet and rebuild their lives. Grantees intend to continue the legacy of providing hope and opportunity through the program. As such, they named this new property, “Dunamis House”. The ancient Greek translation of Dunamis is power and potential.
- The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles will receive $12 million to acquire a newly constructed 41-unit multi-family housing development for permanent supportive housing. The 6521 Brynhurst project is centrally located to amenities and will serve homeless people and households at risk of homelessness. Support services include, but are not limited to, intensive case management services, linkages to behavioral and physical health services, assistance with obtaining essential benefits and documents, and referral services. education and employment.
- Culver City will receive $26.6 million to acquire and rehabilitate two adjacent motels into 76 permanent and interim supportive housing units, including two management units. By co-locating transitional units with permanent supportive housing, the project offers an innovative approach to streamlining service delivery and meeting stakeholder demands for more coordinated responses to homelessness. Off-site amenities within two miles of the project include a grocery store, pharmacy, library, schools and parks. The location is very walkable and less than half a mile from public transit and freeway access. Support services include, but are not limited to, health and behavioral services, life skills, educational opportunities, and transportation.
- The Pomo Indian Band of Scotts Valley will receive $1.9 million to acquire and rehabilitate a dispersed sites project, including two sites in Lakeport. The project will provide 11 total units of permanent supportive housing, serving a mix of the target population, including the chronically homeless, the homeless, homeless youth and those at risk of homelessness. Off-site amenities, located within two miles of the project, include a grocery store, health facility, pharmacy, library, and public transportation.
- The town of King City will receive $12.4 million to acquire and refurbish a 45-unit hotel to provide permanent supportive housing for people at risk of homelessness or chronic homelessness. The project includes comprehensive on-site support services and ample space for indoor and outdoor community services.
Additional Homekey rewards will be announced in the coming weeks. Completed applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted or until May 2, 2022, whichever comes first. For more information, please visit the Homekey webpage. The Department of Housing and Community Development also created the Homekey Rewards Dashboard where Californians can track Homekey project rewards by dollar total, project type, progress, and region. The dashboard is updated in real time as additional projects are approved.