Project Homekey Crosses Major Threshold

California's effort to create emergency supportive housing options during the pandemic has completed a large-scale acquisition process.

January 3, 2021, 11:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that all 94 Homekey projects have closed escrow, buildings that will provide 6,029 critically needed housing units for people experiencing homelessness throughout California," according to a press release from Gov. Newsom's office.

The state used total of $750 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to help finance 51 applicants for the 94 projects. "In addition, $96 million in operating supports – a combination of state funds and philanthropic investment – has also been fully awarded. In total, Homekey utilized $846 million to rapidly purchase and subsidize these 6,029 units in less than six months from start to finish," according to the press release.

"The purpose of these acquisitions is to create permanent places for at-risk individuals experiencing homelessness to live safely, protecting them from many public health risks including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."

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