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|January 18, 2021|
More than 6-thousand units reserved for homeless
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s Homekey initiative has reached a milestone.
All 94 Homekey projects throughout the state have closed escrow on buildings that will provide 6,029 critically needed housing units for homeless individuals.
$750 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars have been allocated to 51 applicants for 94 projects. It enable the high-risk population to follow public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19, using innovative approaches, such as converting temporary non-congregate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, into permanent long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
“Homekey has secured more than 6,000 units for individuals who would otherwise experience homelessness or be at risk of homelessness,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez.
“Public housing authorities have demonstrated that they are uniquely qualified to invest funds from this program to transform underutilized hotels and motels into rental homes during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has reinforced the need for low-income households to have a place to call home that they can afford,” said Sunia Zaterman, Executive Director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities.
Story Date: December 29, 2020