February 21, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, Jan. 18, boasted about California’s progress in overhauling motels and different buildings into housing for these at-risk of homelessness, with greater than 9,000 items having been transformed since a statewide program started three years in the past.

The governor, on the website of a former motel turned everlasting supportive housing in Costa Mesa, mentioned it’s an initiative that’s confirmed to work to assist deal with the homeless disaster, and known as on voters to assist Proposition 1 in March to generate extra funding.

“That is unprecedented in California’s historical past,” Newsom mentioned. “We’ve by no means invested at this scale, at this degree. We’ve by no means invested with the sort of intentionality to handle the disaster that persists, not simply right here in Orange County, however all through the state of California, and more and more all throughout the USA.”

The state created this system known as Homekey three years in the past through the top of the coronavirus pandemic. Homekey is a method the state is attempting to confront the homelessness disaster by funding conversions that include a far cheaper price tag than constructing new housing. The cash from the state is often mixed with different funding sources to purchase the buildings and renovate them for folks to dwell in.

Newsom mentioned this system had $3.5 billion in funding, however just a few million {dollars} stay after the state has backed 15,009 housing unit conversions, of which 9,000 are full.

“That is the sort of momentum and scale that’s required to handle this disaster and to basically make the dent that the taxpayers of California anticipate and deserve,” he mentioned.

Proposition 1 would increase funding for Homekey by $2 billion, with greater than half of that put aside for veterans. The proposition is a component of a bigger $6.3 billion bond that might require counties to spend extra psychological well being service funding on housing and employment help.

The governor delivered his remarks in Costa Mesa on the website of a former Motel 6. The state final yr gave Orange County $10 million to assist fund changing the property’s 88 items into everlasting supportive housing, which can have 30 items devoted for previously homeless veterans and 10 for folks experiencing sever psychological sickness.

“These are a number of the most weak populations to serve,” mentioned Kyle Paine, president of Group Improvement Companions.

The California Division of Housing and Group Improvement introduced Thursday that six new tasks will obtain Homekey funding from the state, totaling $95 million that can assist fund 396 houses. The tasks are in Lassen County, Marin County, Santa Cruz County, Oakland, San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino.