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    New funding for long-term homeless housing continues to roll into the Bay Area, as Gov. Gavin Newsom doles out grants to help cities and counties create shelter that will outlast the coronavirus pandemic. But who are the lucky winners so far? Following Newsom’s announcement Monday of $236 million in additional grants throughout California, officials in cities including Milpitas, Oakland and Mountain View on Tuesday showcased what they plan to do with their share of the money. The funding comes from Newsom’s $600 million Project Homekey fund — a pot of federal and state money intended to help cities and counties buy hotels, apartments and other buildings and turn them into long-term homeless housing. Oakland received $20 million for two projects....
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced the state has issued a new round of grants totaling $236 million to help house homeless in the Bay Area and California, as part of the “Project Homekey” initiative. “There is simply not a state in America that’s committed to this kind of capital infusion to purchase motels and provide for permanent supports of housing for homeless individuals,” the governor said at his briefing, where he also discussed the ongoing wildfires and the state’s COVID-19 response. Newsom said 12 jurisdictions are among those receiving grants in this round of funding. In the Bay Area, San Francisco received $45 million to purchase and rehabilitate the Granada Hotel, a 232-room single room...
    The Bay Area cashed in with the second round of funding from the state’s “Project Homekey” program, which promises to use $600 million in federal dollars to purchase permanent housing for those living on California’s streets. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $236 million in grants for projects in the second round, following a $76.6 million initial round of funding announced last week. Some of that new money will go toward turning more than 500 units between San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Clara into permanent housing, as well as doubling the capacity of shelter beds in Mountain View, Newsom said Monday. In Sonoma County, the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians also became the first Native American tribe to receive part of the...
    San Jose and Contra Costa County landed state funding to turn two motels into long-term homeless housing Wednesday — making them among the first in California to score the highly competitive aid. The grants are part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Project Homekey,” which promises $600 million to help California cities and counties convert hotels, motels, apartments and other buildings into homeless housing. The governor’s office awarded $76.5 million of that pot Wednesday, in its first round of funding. The winning applications, which will create a total of 579 new units of housing when finished, also include projects in Mendocino and Kern counties, and the cities of El Centro, South Lake Tahoe and Lake Elsinore. “We are realizing our dream of...
    When he launched Project Homekey, Gov. Gavin Newsom touted the new program as part of a permanent solution to homelessness that would outlast the coronavirus pandemic. But data released Thursday shows that in the Bay Area, the program will fall far short of housing everyone who was given temporary shelter during the pandemic. Cities, counties and organizations in the nine-county Bay Area submitted 29 applications seeking $324 million to convert hotels, apartments and homes into homeless housing. But the state has set aside just $100 million in Homekey funding for the region, meaning local projects will receive less than a third of what they need. “Due to the overwhelming response to Homekey, not all applicants will receive funding,” Russ Heimerich,...
    Bay Area cities and counties are vying for a shot at a new statewide experiment: If they win, they’ll get state funding to buy hotels and apartment buildings and turn them into desperately needed homeless housing. Bay Area officials have submitted more than a dozen applications for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Project Homekey — an effort intended to produce long-term housing for homeless residents that will replace temporary shelters set up during the coronavirus pandemic. The projects, which will compete against each other for a share of roughly $100 million reserved for the Bay Area, include submissions from Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties. Newsom launched the precursor to this effort — Project Roomkey — in April. That...