California is taking strong measures to tackle the homeless crisis. The state has approximately 160,000 people who experience homelessness on any given day.
On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $45 million in awards for two new Homekey projects in Los Angeles and Sacramento. It’s part of Newsom’s $12 billion plan to slow the crisis.
Homekey partners L.A. County and the state to convert hotels and motels into permanent, long-term housing for the homeless.
The latest move will provide 170 units of housing. There has already been $323 million awarded for over 1,200 units across 14 statewide projects.
“California is moving with unprecedented speed to house people experiencing homelessness through Homekey. Behind every grant award we make for Homekey is the story of a Californian who will no longer have to sleep in a tent, in a car or on the street – these 170 units represent a fresh start for our most vulnerable residents,” Newsom said in a statement.
The Homekey program is expected to provide more than 55,000 new housing units within the next few years through the purchase of hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, tiny homes and other properties. The Homekey website states that it has currently housed 8,264 individuals and created 5,911 housing units.
“Behind every grant award we make for Homekey is the story of a Californian who will no longer have to sleep in a car, in a tent, or on the street,” Newsom posted Tuesday on Instagram.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles has been awarded more than $21 million for the acquisition of a newly constructed apartment building that will provide around 78 permanent housing units.
The Housing Authority of the City of Sacramento has been awarded $24 million to provide 92 housing units through the acquisition of a hotel.
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