Governor Newsom announces $136.6 million in rewards for 10 new Homekey projects

Once completed, projects approved to provide 488 units for people exiting homelessness

California 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 $136.6 million in rewards for 10 new Homekey projects located across the state. When fully operational, the projects will provide 488 housing units for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

Since Governor Newsom announced $2.75 billion in new funding to scale Homekey in September 2021, the state has so far approved projects that, when completed, will create nearly 3,000 homes for residents. Californians who need a home the most. The state has funded 49 projects statewide so far this year, for a total allocation of about $830 million.

“Homekey is providing thousands of people with the support services they need and a safe place to call home,” Governor Newsom said. “We continue to act with urgency to fund quality Homekey projects, because that’s exactly what the time demands – quick and decisive action to help California’s most vulnerable.”

“As we’ve seen time and time again, Homekey demonstrates that homelessness is a problem that can be solved,” said Lourdes Castro Ramírez, secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. “Communities across the state, like those represented in this series of awards, are quickly mobilizing Homekey resources to acquire and convert hotels, offices and vacant lots into permanent affordable housing with supports to ensure the success of individuals and families coming out of homelessness. Thanks to this administration’s commitment to the program, another 488 homes are on the way for families and individuals in need.

“As we recently laid out in our new statewide housing plan, our goal is to add 2.5 million homes over the next approximately eight years – and of that number, 1 million of them must serve low-income households,” said the Ministry of Housing and Director of Community Development (HCD), Gustavo Velasquez. “Through Homekey, we’re using innovation and thinking outside the box to add a variety of housing types to our state’s offering. We commend our local partners for stepping in to move these projects forward. »

Today’s awards include the following projects:

  • The city of Modesto will receive $3.9 million to acquire and convert commercial space into 14 permanent, supportive housing units for homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness. Off-site amenities include a transit center, grocery store, health facility, library, pharmacy, and youth employment center located within half a mile of the project; and a junior college is located less than a mile from the project. Additionally, it is a 12-minute bus ride to the county’s Youth Navigation Center (YNC), a one-stop service center for youth ages 13-25 in crisis, unstable housed and/or distressed. ‘roaming. Support services include, but are not limited to, comprehensive case management, referral/service linkages, employment readiness, educational support, and behavioral health services.
  • The city of Merced will receive $24 million to acquire and rehabilitate an existing motel with 96 studio units, including a management unit. The project will provide permanent supportive housing to homeless and chronically homeless households whose income is at or below 30% of the region’s median income. Fifteen apartments will be accessible to people with reduced mobility. Each unit will be furnished and pre-wired for cable and internet access. Off-site amenities within half a mile of the project include a public bus stop, grocery store, health facility, and pharmacy. There are several partnerships with vendors to provide a range of tenant support services, including onsite case management.
  • The City of Santa Fe Springs will receive $5.6 million to construct a new three-story building providing 19 interim housing and on-site support services in southeast Los Angeles County. The project will serve homeless families. Occupants will receive interim housing with easy access to a range of support services, which combine permanent housing planning, navigation, placement and support services to address underlying issues of homelessness. The project is located less than half a mile from amenities such as a public transit station, grocery store, health facility, and pharmacy.
  • Los Angeles County will receive $16.8 million to acquire and rehabilitate a 48-unit motel into permanent supportive housing. On-site facilities will include a community lounge, consultation office, laundry room and outdoor community courtyard. On-site support services will include intensive case management to provide individualized, trauma-informed, person-centered support to each resident to achieve and maintain housing stabilization and other personal goals. Site location is near several transit options for residents and staff, including a Metro Green Line light rail stop less than 1/4 mile away for easy access to the entire Metro network Rail through Los Angeles.
  • The town of Arcata will receive $18.8 million to acquire and rehabilitate a 79-unit hotel into permanent supportive housing. On-site facilities will include an exercise room, a common meeting room with seating and televisions along with a non-commercial kitchen and meeting space. On-Site Support Services will provide the necessary services with at least two consultancy offices or Support Services support space, a lobby and an office and storage area for the On-Site Manager. Additionally, there will be approximately 8,045 square feet of community building amenities at the location of the existing indoor pool structure, which will be used for property management and resident services. The location of the site is near a bus stop and a grocery store.
  • Glenn County and the City of Orland will receive $8.7 million for a new permanent 33-unit supportive housing project. On-site facilities will include a central laundry room, two barbecue areas and a landscaped community area. On-site support services will include several resident social services, ranging from behavioral health to job skills. The project will focus on the elderly, disabled and veterans. Rental is based on a vulnerability index to ensure those most in need are housed first. The site location is close to a grocery store, pharmacy, bus stop, library, employment center, medical/dental clinic and agency Glenn County Health and Social Services Department.
  • Los Angeles County will receive $9.7 million to acquire a 40-unit motel as interim housing for people experiencing homelessness or chronic homelessness. The Tropicana Project includes comprehensive support services on-site and near amenities such as transit stops, grocery stores, medical facilities, pharmacy, schools, parks and daycare.
  • The city of Oakland will receive $14.8 million for the Piedmont Place project, a 45-unit hotel acquisition and rehabilitation with 44 studios and one two-bedroom unit, and a studio manager’s unit. The property will be purchased and converted into permanent, supportive housing for the chronically homeless. The property consists of two buildings on a 17,000 square foot site. Five units will have full kitchens and the remaining 40 units will have kitchenettes with sinks, microwaves and refrigerators. On-site facilities will include a counseling space, a community room and a dining room. Off-site amenities, located within 1/2 mile of the project, include a grocery store, health facility, public library, pharmacy, and access to public transit.
  • The City and County of San Francisco will receive $7.48 million to purchase a project that proposes the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 25-room hotel. This project will provide permanent housing with supports for transitioning youth and homeless people for households with an income of 30% of the region’s median income. The building has commercial space on the ground floor which will be used as offices and tenant support service space.
  • The City of Anaheim Housing Authority will receive $26.5 million to acquire and renovate an 89-unit motel to house people at risk of homelessness and experiencing homelessness and chronic homelessness. The project will operate for approximately five years as temporary accommodation and then will be converted to permanent accommodation. Each unit will be fully furnished and equipped with a kitchenette. Off-site amenities, located within half a mile of the project, include a bus stop, full-service grocery store, health facility, and pharmacy.

HCD is a member of the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH), whose action plan to prevent and end homelessness in California calls for increasing the capacity of communities to expand the supply of safe and supportive housing. job placement and temporary housing through innovative programs. like Homekey.

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.

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