Governor Gavin Newsom is announcing $45 million in awards for two new Homekey projects in Sacramento and Los Angeles that will provide 170 housing units for people exiting homelessness.
Newsom visited the Sacramento housing site today following his statement, which will provide 92 housing units of permanent living for those in need. The project is part of Governor Newsom's $14 billion homelessness package, with the governor’s office estimatimating the state could shelter 58,000 individuals and create 6,000 new units through the initiatives. Homekey and Project Roomkey follow a year of over $12 billion in funding for tackling the homelessness crisis in California in 2021, and now California Blueprint suggests adding an additional $2 billion in behavioral health housing and encampment rehousing strategies for 2022.
“We are systematically building the housing and treatment programs that California needs to better provide services to people with acute behavioral health issues,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a statement on Monday. “That is where our focus has been, and today’s new funding is exactly what we need to be doing.”
California has now awarded $323 million for 1,208 units across 14 projects statewide as part of the expanded Homekey program - a key component of the Governor's $12 billion plan to tackle homelessness.