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  • Writer's pictureKristin Cooper

CA - Homekey Funding; first come / first serve -opens Sept 30th

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the release of $1.45 billion in Homekey grant funds made available through the California Comeback Plan. Another round will be announced next year bringing the total to $2.75 billion.

Homekey is California’s world-renowned, innovative program to purchase and/or rehabilitate hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, manufactured homes, and other properties, and convert them into permanent homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Protecting the health and safety of all Californians in this time of crisis is a state priority.

Homekey continues a statewide effort to sustain and rapidly expand housing for persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness and impacted by COVID-19 pandemic or other communicable diseases.

Who can apply? Homekey grant funding will be made available to cities and counties, public housing authorities, and Tribal Entities within California. Funding can be used to create a broad range of housing types, including but not limited to hotels, motels, single-family homes, multifamily apartments, manufactured housing, commercial properties, and other existing buildings, and to convert them to Permanent or Interim Housing for the Target Population. Application dates Applications will be accepted on a continuous, over-the-counter basis. The application will be available September 30, 2021 and due by Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST, or until the available funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. Pre-application Consultation HCD requires all Applicants to engage in a Pre-application Consultation prior to applying. The consultation will allow the prospective Applicant to discuss the proposed project, along with other applicable programmatic considerations, including those related to site acquisition, land use, Continuum of Care coordination and services partnerships, and long-term financing approaches. Application Webinar Details about an upcoming webinar will be announced soon.

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