Since its launch in 2020, Homekey has been the fastest, largest, most cost-effective addition of permanent housing in California history.
With Homekey Round 1 funding, Los Angeles County was able to purchase 10 hotels and motels with a combined total of 847 units, most of which started as interim housing for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, following some renovations, all of the hotels and motels will be converted into permanent supportive housing.
The County is poised to acquire additional properties with Homekey Round 2 currently under way.
HOMEKEY ROUND 1
Nine motels with a combined 743 rooms that Los Angeles County converted into temporary shelters for people experiencing homelessness at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic are slated for a new transition – to become permanent supportive housing with new owners and operators.
Using Homekey Round 1 funding from the State of California, the County acquired 10 motels in 2020 that have provided more than 1,000 people with either interim or permanent supportive housing.
Now, the County is seeking qualified owners/operators to rehabilitate and/or operate nine of those 10 Homekey Round 1 motels as permanent supportive housing, 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.
On April 5, 2022, the County issued an addendum to its Homekey Round 2 Request for Statement of Interest, seeking qualified entities to renovate, own, and operate nine of the motels acquired through Homekey Round 1. Questions could be addressed to HIAdmin@ceo.lacounty.gov.
The deadline for submitting a Statement of Interest was April 29, 2022.