Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the fifth round of awards provided under his administration's Homekey program, which is the state's current effort to help local governments expand permanent, long-term housing for people who are homeless or are at risk for becoming homeless. In total $30.7 million will be sent out for a variety of projects.
The Yurok Tribe has been awarded $2.2 million to acquire 18 units to provide permanent supportive housing with priority given to Native Americans in Humboldt County, where Native Americans represent the second-highest racial group of homeless people. They are also considered to be at increased risk of COVID-19 complications.
More than $15 million has been awarded to the City of San Luis Obispo to acquire 122 units to house individuals experiencing homelessness in Paso Robles. Paso Robles has no emergency shelter, and also has a higher proportion of non-white residents than the county as a whole, and a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases. This project will provide both emergency shelter and permanent units.
The City of Los Angeles has been awarded nearly $13.5 million to acquire 70 units as interim housing while being converted to permanent housing units by the end of 2021.