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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/18/2020 08:12 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/18/2020 08:12 AM
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Governor Newsom Announces $76 Million in First Round of Homekey Awards

Sacramento, CA...Governor Gavin Newsom announced the first round of awards for Homekey, California’s nation-leading $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing – including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties – and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.





Nearly $76.5 million was awarded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), which administers Homekey, for 10 projects in seven California communities totaling 579 units.

In meeting the urgency of the homelessness crisis, Homekey prioritizes speed and cost containment. These projects, and future Homekey awardees, must all complete their purchases by December 30th of this year. This first group of projects have estimated per-room acquisition costs that are below original state estimates.

“We are realizing our dream of helping local jurisdictions acquire thousands of motel rooms and convert them into housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness,” said Governor Newsom. “Homekey is the first effort of its kind in the nation and is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect the most vulnerable people in our state.”

The first round of awards includes projects in the following communities:

The City of Lake Elsinore has been awarded $3,136,000 to acquire, rehab and operate a former hotel to provide 14 interim transitional housing units for up to 28 residents within 90 days. This project will help the city achieve a goal of functional zero for chronic homelessness within the next two years.
South Lake Tahoe has been awarded $9,576,000 to acquire four projects totaling 82 units. These projects will help the Tahoe Basin achieve a goal of functional zero for chronic homelessness within the next two years.
The City of El Centro has been awarded $3,024,114 to build 13 tiny home duplexes in collaboration with Imperial Valley College and the Imperial Valley College Foundation. The duplexes will house 26 homeless students who identify as former foster youth.
Contra Costa County has been awarded $21,576,000 to acquire the 174-unit Pittsburg Motel 6 where Governor Newsom first announced Homekey in June.
The City of San Jose has been awarded $14,516,000 to turn a 76-unit property currently operating as a Project Roomkey project into permanent housing.
Kern County has been awarded $14,970,935 to acquire four sites totaling 151 units for permanent supportive housing. This project will help address a severe shortage of housing for people with vouchers who are currently unable to find housing.
Mendocino County has been awarded $9,669,500 to provide 56 units for interim housing with plans to convert half the units to permanent housing. There is currently no permanent shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness in the county and only 50 year-round emergency shelter beds.
“In 2016, we launched an effort to rehabilitate deteriorating motels to get more of our homeless residents off the street. Now, with Homekey and the Governor’s leadership, we’re able to move 77 more homeless individuals off the street, into a motel that we’re purchasing with the Homekey money,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We’re so grateful for the Governor’s leadership, to be able to expand our efforts to house more of our San Joseans.”

“On any given night, more than 500 of our residents live outdoors in East Contra Costa, but until now we had only 20 shelter beds in that part of the county,” said Contra Costa County Health Director Anna Roth and Contra Costa County Director of Health Housing and Homeless Services Lavonna Martin. “This investment from Homekey will touch hundreds of lives and improve health in Contra Costa County. We’re grateful for this award and look forward to working with state and local partners to address critical housing needs in our community.”

“This tiny home community will primarily house homeless youth who are pursuing higher education at IVC because they believe that through education, their lives will change,” said Imperial Valley College President Dr. Martha Garcia. “Collectively in Imperial County, we are committed to helping those that have the greatest barriers in life.”

Building on the success of Project Roomkey, Governor Newsom in July announced the availability of $600 million in funding for Homekey, the next phase in the state’s response protecting Californians experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, following approval by the Legislature as part of the 2020-21 annual state budget. Of that, $550 million will be provided to cities and counties by California’s direct allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Funds, with an additional $50 million provided by the state to supplement the acquisition and provide initial operating funds.

Previously, Governor Newsom released the full $650 million in State Emergency Homeless Aid from last year’s budget, and the new state budget approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in June includes $300 million General Fund to cities, counties and continuums of care to support efforts to reduce homelessness. The state has partnered with local governments to launch 100-day challenges for immediate impact solutions to tackle homelessness. The Governor began the year by signing an executive order as part of a comprehensive state response to homelessness and called on all levels of government to step up their efforts to combat the crisis in his State of the State address.

HCD began accepting applications for Homekey on July 22, 2020. Additional awards are expected weekly until all $600 million has been awarded. The response from local governments and housing providers was significant – demonstrating the strength of these state-local partnerships. By the priority application deadline on August 13, a total of 138 applications had been received from 67 jurisdictions statewide, with a total of nearly $1.06 billion requested.

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Re: FREE!!!
Posted on: 2020-09-18 08:41:06   By: Anonymous
 
Thank you Gavin for protecting those that don't want to WORK!!! I've always wanted to live in South Lake Tahoe, please send me the keys to my new place. Send them to Lazy @ ain't got no home: 666 Lazy River Rd. Sac. CA. Thank you for caring so much!

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    Re: FREE!!!
    Posted on: 2020-09-18 09:13:54   By: Anonymous
     
    He will be coming after our homes next. Then, maybe all the liberals in this state will wake up.

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      Re: FREE!!!
      Posted on: 2020-09-18 11:20:06   By: Anonymous
       
      Both of you whiners, there are over 10,000 homeless Veterans in this state. Many homeless have lost jobs and many more will loose their homes even if they are working. Putting money into converting unused and dilapidated structures is a bonus economically, creating jobs, demand for supplies and services, reducing the trash generated by homeless camps and people sleeping and whatever on the streets. The benefits of reducing homelessness will be a substantial benefit to the cities and their Main Street businesses.

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        Re: FREE!!!
        Posted on: 2020-09-18 11:22:05   By: Anonymous
         
        He absolutely won't help the veterans.

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          Re: FREE!!!
          Posted on: 2020-09-18 11:29:47   By: Anonymous
           
          He probably will skim some off the top for his own personal properties , can't believe him when he says Good Morning !

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            Re: FREE!!!
            Posted on: 2020-09-18 13:26:12   By: Anonymous
             
            You must be thinking of trump, since he promised to never make any money for his business, but he does. He made over a million bucks, at jacked up rates, charging the government for lodging and golf cart rentals and meals at his hotels.

            But like a trump hamster you are spinning in your cage trying to denigrate someone with fantasized accusation.

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          Re: FREE!!!
          Posted on: 2020-09-18 11:33:27   By: Anonymous
           
          Absolutely the silliest post on Pine Tree in days.

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          Re: FREE!!!/\/\ He definitely won't...
          Posted on: 2020-09-18 12:08:06   By: Anonymous
           
          Well, he SHOULD! I think they ought to be prioritized!

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            Re: FREE!!!/\/\ He definitely won't...
            Posted on: 2020-09-18 15:00:27   By: Anonymous
             
            Veterans among the homeless will get help too. And the CA department of veterans affairs has housing assistance programs. It takes money, and more affordable housing where most of the homeless live, which this program is designed to do.

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        Re: FREE!!!
        Posted on: 2020-09-18 15:02:39   By: Anonymous
         
        I don't care anymore, because far too many are just takers and contribute nothing. We are not removing the dysfunctional mentally ill from blindsiding the general public, people are being injured and killed by them. If we are not going to stop them, then just let natural selection take place.

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        Re: FREE!!!
        Posted on: 2020-09-19 21:28:43   By: Anonymous
         
        You're full of crap mister liberal. I'm a veteran and have worked because you need money for life. If there are homeless out there then get a f-ing JOB!!! I'm not opposed to helping out some but that doesn't mean sitting on your ass and getting everything for free!

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Posted on: 2020-09-18 14:02:13   By: Anonymous
 
When ever gavin speak it sounds like he has a dick in his mouth...

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-09-18 16:36:28   By: Anonymous
     
    This is what will happen if Hiden Biden is elected President. All of the criminals and lazy asses that don't deserve sh*t will get all of the rewards.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-09-18 16:38:15   By: Anonymous
       
      BLM = Burn Loot Mug

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    Re: Gavin speaking
    Posted on: 2020-09-19 03:57:27   By: Anonymous
     
    Coming from someone who knows what that sounds like.

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