Since the inception of HomeKey, the state has rapidly converted offices, hotels, and other unused buildings into homes, creating more than 15,000 housing units to serve more than 163,000 people experiencing homelessness.
COSTA MESA Today, at a Homekey property in Costa Mesa, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state has created 15,000 housing units as part of Homekey, an effort launched in 2019 to rapidly house individuals experiencing homelessness. Approximately 163,260 individuals will be assisted in housing throughout this program.
“Homekey is a national model for rapidly building affordable housing for Californians in need. In just a few short years, this initiative has created more than 15,000 homes, helping more than 163,000 people. Homekey shows what is possible when people think outside the box and refuse to accept the status quo. Governor Gavin Newsom
Governor Newsom toured the former Motel 6 which has been converted into 40 permanent Homekey units, specifically for veterans at risk of homelessness, with an additional 10 units for individuals who have met the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) eligibility criteria. Each unit has kitchenettes, appliances, and furniture, among other features.
During this stop, the Governor also announced the latest awardees to receive grant funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). These communities include Oakland, San Bernardino, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Lassen and Marin counties. This funding will support six projects totaling nearly $95.6 million and create 396 affordable homes.
“Over three years, Homekey funded projects that will provide housing security to more than 163,000 Californians for decades to come,” said HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez. “The current set of awards includes housing dedicated to veterans and the conversion of a closed hospital to house those experiencing homelessness. This program allows jurisdictions to be creative with the adaptive reuse of existing spaces and to provide a complete range of services that help make homelessness rare, one-time, and never-come-back
Originally launched in the months of the COVID-19 pandemic as an extension of Project Roomkey—to prevent the spread of the disease among Californians in congregate shelters—Homekey has funded additional building types and supported the broader population of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This includes youth transitioning to adulthood from foster care or unsafe environments.
Homekey Round 3 grant funding, administered by HCD, is available to local public entities, including cities, counties, tribes, and housing authorities, to develop a wide range of housing types, including hotels, motels, hostels, single-family houses, multifamily apartments, adult residential facilities, and modular housing, and to convert commercial properties and other existing buildings into permanent or interim housing.
HCD continues to review Homekey applications, and grants will be announced on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. To learn more about the announcement and today’s awardees, click here.