Governor Newsom Visits Homekey Santa Clara Site, Announces Awards for Three Additional Homekey Projects

State awards more than $60 million for Homekey projects in Kern, Santa Barbara and Santa Clara counties

The projects will provide 267 housing units

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SANTA CLARA – Following the unveiling of his California Blueprint, Governor Gavin Newsom visited a Bay Area Homekey site today to highlight his comprehensive housing and homelessness plan and award three additional Homekey projects that will provide 267 housing units to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara, when fully operational.

“Since the start of the pandemic, our historic response to homelessness has provided safe shelter for more than 58,000 Californians who have been living on the streets,” Governor Newsom said. “As we enter a new year, we must reaffirm our commitment to lending a helping hand to the most vulnerable Californians among us. The Homekey projects funded today will bring hope and comfort to many in need in these three communities.

Governor Newsom tours a Santa Clara Homekey site, part of the state’s leading, innovative program to buy and rehabilitate homes – including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and others properties – and convert them into permanent long-term housing for people struggling with or at risk of becoming homeless.

Since December, the state has allocated nearly $300 million to 12 statewide projects that have created 1,033 units. Since the governor announced a $2.75 billion Homekey expansion in September, the state has already approved projects that, when completed, will create more than 1,000 housing units for Californians who need it most. a safe place to call home.

Under Governor Newsom’s Project Roomkey and Homekey programs, California provided temporary shelter for 50,000 Californians and helped another 8,000 obtain more permanent housing through the state’s purchase of motels, hotels and other buildings. In one year, these two programs have done more to address homelessness and the affordable housing crisis than anything done in decades, and have since become a national model. In 2021, Governor Newsom invested a historic $12 billion to help get the most vulnerable people off the streets and into the mental and behavioral health services they need.

Governor Newsom’s California Blueprint resources focus on quickly rehousing unhoused people with behavioral health issues, while bringing new units online. The plan includes $2 billion in new funding for the homeless — for a total of $14 billion — and makes major investments in transforming Medi-Cal to provide more behavioral health services to those most vulnerable. struggling and will create 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots when fully implemented.

“We commend the latest grant recipients and commend the many communities across the state who are acting with care, compassion and speed to build Homekey housing sites for people experiencing homelessness,” said Lourdes Castro Ramirez, Secretary of Business, consumer and housing services. Agency. “This administration is providing unprecedented funding to Homekey, and local jurisdictions continue to come up with effective ways to put those dollars to good use.”

“These three winners really show the essence of Homekey,” said Housing and Community Development Manager Gustavo Velasquez. “Whether it’s a project that serves homeless youth, a site near a major university, a converted motel with a whole range of support services to get people back on their feet. We are creating over 200 homes to give people a fresh start.

Today’s awards include the following projects:

  • Santa Clara County received over $22.1 million to convert a motel into over 60 transitional housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness. The project includes case management, career counselling, life skills training, money management, parenting classes, children’s programs, primary and mental health care services and counseling on addiction recovery. Located close to off-site amenities including a grocery store, pharmacy and transportation, the building will later be redeveloped to provide 120 permanent, supportive housing units.

  • Kern County Housing Authority received nearly $30 million to provide 125 interim housing units for the homeless, homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness. Located in Bakersfield, this project is a new construction of pre-engineered housing with an innovative design with the development of a four-storey modular apartment-style building, including several offices and community spaces. When complete, the project will offer case management, income support, access to physical and behavioral health services, addiction treatment, employment preparation and training, and family counseling, all located less than half a mile from a bus stop, grocery store, health facility, pharmacy and two vocational training organizations.

  • Santa Barbara County will receive nearly $7 million to acquire and refurbish 22 temporary housing units for people experiencing homelessness and chronic homelessness. The project will provide support services including case management, mental health services and treatment for substance use disorders, as well as income support. Additionally, off-site amenities near the project include a bus stop, grocery store, health facility, pharmacy, and two health and wellness centers.

Additional Homekey rewards will be announced in the coming weeks.

Homekey Round 2 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was released by HCD in September. 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.


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