Local Public Entities in Approximately Half of California’s Counties Were Awarded Project Homekey Funds

More than $800 million granted
through seven rounds of awards– 

–See state-wide map noting awards below–

California awarded funds to local public entities to purchase and rehabilitate housing, which included hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, and other buildings and convert them into either interim or permanent housing including supportive housing. Local public entities, as defined by the state, include cities, counties, or other local public entities, including housing authorities or federally recognized tribal governments within California.

The following map shows that local public entities were awarded seven rounds of funding in approximately half (56.9%) of California’s 58 counties. The map also notes the total amount that local public entities received in each county.

To see a description of each of the projects funded in each round click on the following links:

Implications for Next Steps

The statutory basis that led to the success of Project Homekey is AB 83 Housing, which added section 50675.1.2 to the Health and Safety Code (HSC).

AB 83 states that units in a motel or hotel can be converted from nonresidential to residential if specified conditions are met, which includes that unites are “made available for rent at a cost affordable to low- or very low income households” and that units have “long-term affordability covenants and restrictions that require the unit to be affordable to persons of low- or very low income for not less than 55 years.”

Section 50675.1.2 was added to the HSC in order to exempt applicable Project Homekey projects from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Requirements for exemption include

Achieving compliance with local, state, and federal requirements, Long-term covenants and restrictions require the units to be restricted to persons experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness, which may include lower income, and very low income households,” (and) Providing sufficient space for the provision of services and amenities.

As noted in AB 83, the bill is part of a long-term recovery response to COVID-19 by providing

housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness and who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thus, additional funding from the state in 2021 would further the success of Project Homekey and continue to contribute to the long-term recovery response to COVID-19 by providing housing for households experiencing homelessness.

As stated in the Project Homekey Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), the state

would like to ensure jurisdictions throughout the state have an equitable opportunity to apply for Homekey funds to protect the health and safety of their most vulnerable residents.

Local public entities would have another opportunity to apply for Project Homekey funding to purchase and rehabilitate housing for either interim and/or permanent housing including supportive housing within those counties not shaded in green in the map above.

2 Comments

  1. Tim Houchen on November 28, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    I would like to contact Dr. Colletti to see if he would be willing to do a recorded interview for use in our Longest Night programming on National Homeless Persons Memorial Day. The event will be streamed live on Dec. 21st

    • Joe Colletti, PhD on November 28, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Tim – I would be happy to do a recorded interview – Joe

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