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Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a second round of Homekey grants to help those experiencing homelessness.
Today we announced the 2nd round of Homekey grants:
$236 million to convert 1,810 units to help house those experiencing homelessness across our state. https://t.co/VfQQthey9t
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 21, 2020
Within the $600 million to purchase motels and housing for homeless individuals, the second round will provide $236 million for 1,810 units and 20 projects in 12 jurisdictions, and one tribe.
Newsom expressed he has not let up, “Doing everything in our power to address the issue of homelessness here in the state of California.”
He continued to say the program is “remarkable” because there, “Simply is not a state in America that’s committed to this kind of capital infusion to purchase motels and provide permanent supports, housing for homeless individuals.”
In addition to the large commitment to end homelessness, the process is being completed in a historically short time period because we have a “Moral and ethical obligation to address this issue head-on” during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor believes we need better results at the local and regional level and need to ensure the tax dollars need to go to their intended purposes.
If people are concerned with the amount of money Newsom is dedicating to this issue he assures them, “The cost of these programs, negligible compared to the cost of some other programs.” He went on the explain he believes these dollars will not only leverage other resources at the county and federal level but also private sector support and based upon bringing the cost per until down from $150,000 to $130,000.
San Francisco has secured funding from the State’s Project Homekey, which will allow us to purchase a 232-room hotel for permanent supportive housing. This is part of our Homelessness Recovery Plan, which includes the largest one-time expansion of PSH in 20 years
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) September 21, 2020
During his press conference, Newsom awarded the following cities with the following:
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians: first tribal award “hope it’s not the last in terms of availing resources to our tribal nations”
Riverside County: seniors, farmworker families, LGBTQ+ youth
City of Oakland: 2 projects, 163 units
City of Fresno Housing Authority: Motel conversion
City of Mountain View: Doubling city shelter beds
Shasta County: single-family, shared housing model
City of Ventura: renovated apartments
San Francisco: 232 units
San Diego: 2 projects, 336 units
Los Angeles County: 5 motel acquisitions, 430 units
Santa Clara County: 146 units, move-in ready
City of Sacramento: 124-unit hotel conversion
Earlier this month, Governor Newsom signed an eviction bill to ban evictions for rent non-payment until February 1, 2021, as an attempt to help those struggling to pay rent during the ongoing pandemic. Many local leaders encouraged their support for AB1845.
“With the emergence of COVID-19, and using history as our guide, we must acknowledge that it is our statewide structure for combating homelessness that bottlenecks our every attempt to respond to the growing crisis. We must turn the corner, we must be bold, we must be willing to look back and say we did everything we could to respond to this pandemic and human crisis. We cannot afford to look back and say, ‘We could’ve, should’ve, would’ve’ responded differently. We owe it to all Californians to do everything possible to lead our way out of this human crisis. We need AB1845.” Reported Mayor Libby Schaaf and Mayor Michael Tubbs via the SF Chronicle.
Watch Newsom’s full press conference here.