On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the purchase of both the 3301 Kerner Blvd. (San Rafael) and American's Best Value (Corte Madera) sites, the first step in the conversion of the properties to housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness under the state's Homekey program. The Board elected not to pursue the purchase of the Inn Marin (Novato) site.
Building on the success of Project Roomkey, Homekey is the next phase in the state’s response to protecting Californians experiencing homelessness who are at high risk for serious illness and are impacted by COVID-19. Administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), $600 million in grant funding has been made available to local public entities, including cities, counties, or other local public entities, including housing authorities or federally recognized tribal governments within California to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, and other buildings and convert them into interim or permanent, long-term housing.
On October 9, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that Marin County received grant funding through Homekey. As part of the County’s motel program transition plan, the County is in negotiations to purchase three properties which could provide interim housing in the short term and transition to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness as early as 2021.
Below, you will find frequently asked questions about Project Homekey, the County of Marin's application to HCD, and staff reports and presentations. Questions may be directed to Ashley Hart McIntyre, Homelessness Policy Analyst with Health and Human Services.
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