City of Long Beach Public Information Office 411 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 093020-2
City of Long Beach Awarded Project Homekey Funding
Multi-million Dollar State Grant will Allow City to Purchase Hotels, Motels to Serve as Transitional Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has been awarded nearly $16.7 million funding for Project Homekey, California’s $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing – including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties – and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
“I want to thank Governor Newsom for supporting Long Beach in our efforts to end homelessness,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This funding allows us to use existing motels as housing options to support those most in need of housing and services in Long Beach.” Project Homekey will help serve adults experiencing homelessness as they prepare for permanent housing solutions. The program will focus primarily on people experiencing homelessness with area median incomes at or below 30% and who are prioritized for housing through the City's Coordinated Entry System. The City plans to convert an existing hotel into interim housing units, with a local operator selected by the City to help manage on-site operations. The City is currently in negotiations to acquire a site and anticipates it will become operational as interim housing by mid-February 2021. Once negotiations are complete, the selected site will be presented to the City Council in a public meeting for approval. The facility will operate as interim housing for the foreseeable future while the City identifies additional funds for full conversion to permanent supportive housing. “Additional interim housing units will greatly enhance our ability to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness,” said Deputy City Manager Teresa Chandler. The goal of the City's interim housing program is to move people into permanent housing as quickly as it becomes available. Current interim housing options in Long Beach are often available only to veterans, families and those experiencing domestic violence. This project will fill a crucial gap by offering more pathways to permanent housing. Project Homekey is only the latest in a series of new services for people experiencing homelessness. The City has worked to contain the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness by providing non-congregate sheltering among persons at high risk for severe health consequences from COVID-19, through the availability of 133 rooms serving singles or couples experiencing homelessness. The Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community, a village-style development that can house up to 125 people experiencing homelessness also opened its doors this week. Additionally, the Health Department’s Homeless Outreach Division has launched the Bridge Initiative, which increases outreach and engagement near all newly-opened homeless services programs. The initiative brings together City departments including Health and Human Services outreach workers, Police Department Quality of Life officers, the Fire Department HEART Team and Public Works Clean Team, as well as outreach workers from nonprofit organizations, to coordinate outreach and clean-up activities within the area. For more information on the City’s homeless services, visit longbeach.gov/health.
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