Homekey has been the fastest, largest, most cost-effective addition of interim and permanent housing in California history. Los Angeles County has used Homekey to acquire 24 properties, mostly hotels and motels, for conversion into interim and permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness — 1,567 units total, so far.
Initially launched to protect vulnerable residents from the COVID-19 pandemic, Homekey makes grant funding from the state Department of Housing and Community Development available to cities, counties, housing authorities, tribal entities and other local public entities to acquire and then convert hotels, motels, multi-family apartments, and more, into permanent or interim housing. The County, along with the federal government, provided supplemental funding to renovate and operate the units.
HOMEKEY ROUND 1
Launched in 2020, Homekey 1.0 enabled the County to acquire 10 motels with a combined 847 units in Baldwin Park, Compton, Hacienda Heights, Harbor City, Long Beach, Norwalk, Whittier, and unincorporated Los Angeles.
Most Homekey 1.0 units started out as interim housing, but the goal is for all of them to become permanent supportive housing by 2024, where residents can benefit from long-term rental subsidies and a comprehensive set of services to help them with chronic medical and/or behavioral health conditions and or/disabilities.
In April 2022, the County began seeking qualified owners/operators to rehabilitate and/or operate Homekey 1.0 properties as permanent supportive housing.
HOMEKEY ROUND 2
Building on the success of Homekey 1.0, Los Angeles County secured $243 million in state funding for Homekey 2.0 in 2022.
This funding will be used to convert 14 hotels and multi-family apartments into a combined 720 units of interim or permanent housing in Boyle Heights, Compton, East Hollywood, Inglewood, Koreatown, Redondo Beach, Lancaster, San Pedro, Westlake, Woodland Hills, and unincorporated Los Angeles.
Nine of the Homekey 2.0 properties will provide interim housing, including 291 units for families, 69 units for youth, and 61 units for veterans, all of whom will receive support towards permanent housing solutions.
The remaining five properties, with a combined total of 299 units, will provide permanent supportive housing into which particularly vulnerable people who have experienced homelessness can live and be connected to healthcare, mental healthcare, substance use disorder treatment, public benefits and other services that can help them stabilize and avoid returning to the streets.