In July of 2020, the State of California launched a $750 million program called “Project Homekey”, with the aim of helping local communities rapidly acquire hotels, motels, commercial buildings, and other creative housing types in order to rapidly house people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. By December 29, 2020, the program had resulted in the acquisition of 94 projects, representing 6,029 units of permanent housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. In Marin County specifically, we received approximately $8.6 million to aid the purchase of 63 new units of permanent supportive housing in San Rafael and Corte Madera (more info about our local effort).
Given the success of “Homekey 1.0”, in January of 2021, Governor Newsom’s proposed FY21-22 budget included another $750 million allocation for “Project Homekey 2.0”. While this funding has yet to be approved by the Legislature, if the speed of Homekey 1.0 is any indication, approval and a new call for applications could come as early as May, and we would likely be facing the same expedited timeline of closing on properties by the end of the calendar year.
To that end, the weeks of April 12thand April 19th, Opening Doors Marin, in partnership with the County of Marin, is hosting a series of ten community information sessions about a possible “Homekey 2.0”. The goal of these sessions is to provide an overview of Homekey 1.0, describe what Homekey 2.0 might look like, and solicit community feedback about both the process and possible projects. We hope you can join and provide your feedback!
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| Homekey 2.0 Info Sessions:
- Wednesday, April 14th@ 5:00pm
- Thursday, April 15th @ 8:30am
- Thursday, April 15th @ 12pm
- Friday, April 16th @ 8:30am
- Monday, April 19th @ 12pm
- Tuesday, April 20th @ 8:30am
- Tuesday, April 20th@ 2pm
- Wednesday, April 21st @ 12pm
- Wednesday, April 21st @ 5pm
- Thursday, April 22nd @ 8:30am
To sign up for an info session, click your preferred date/time from the list above. All sessions are open to the public and will present the same information. Presenters will answer questions and gather input on community needs. The sessions will not discuss specific potential HomeKey sites, but rather general criteria for what would make a feasible site. If you have a potential site in mind, please feel free to share that information with Opening Doors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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