San Jose will use $25.2 million in new point out funding to convert a downtown resort into housing for homeless citizens, the town introduced this week.
The 90-home Arena Lodge on The Alameda will be bought by the city utilizing funding from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Homekey plan, which helps metropolitan areas, counties and nonprofits obtain hotels, flats and other buildings and transform them into homeless housing. The software has awarded funding for 10,000 housing units so considerably, and this week Newsom mentioned he intends to pour another $150 million into Homekey coffers.
“We’re doubling down on our country-primary attempts to deal with the homelessness crisis,” he wrote in a information launch. “Homekey has been existence-altering for 1000’s of persons — and $150 million in added funding will shelter hundreds more, providing them with the important resources and safe and sound dwelling disorders they deserve.”
Homekey doled out $846 million in 2020. In September, Newsom introduced a different $2.75 billion would go out over the study course of two decades — with about $200 million reserved for Bay Spot initiatives in the 1st yr. If accredited by the legislature, the added $150 million Newsom proposed this week will make a full of $1.5 billion in grants obtainable following year.
“We appear forward to an added $150 million as proposed by the Governor to assistance even much more models for people today searching for hope, therapeutic and a location to simply call property,” California Small business, Purchaser Services and Housing Company Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez wrote in the release.
Other Homekey awards this week went to the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, San Joaquin County, Fresno and Vallejo.
In San Jose, the Arena Resort shortly will dwelling homeless individuals as very well as partners.
“In 2016, San José pioneered a new technique to housing our unhoused neighbors by purchasing and changing accommodations and motels into dignified residing accommodations for our most susceptible people. That model correctly moved thousands of San Joséans off the street,” Mayor Sam Liccardo mentioned in an emailed assertion. “Governor Newsom’s dedication to commit in motel conversions statewide by Homekey provides us an opportunity to scale this remedy.”
San Jose been given $14.5 million in Homekey resources to buy the SureStay lodge in 2020. That hotel, which experienced been supplying susceptible residents absolutely free rooms to shelter in put in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, has struggled to transition to a extensive-time period housing product the place inhabitants pay out beneath-industry-amount rent. The changeover stalled when a point out lawmaker accused the city of proposing rents that were much too high and alerted the state’s Section of Housing and Neighborhood Growth, which agreed. The town disagreed with the state’s assertion, but acquiesced to reassessing its lease framework.