Since its launch in 2020, Homekey has been the fastest, largest, most cost-effective addition of permanent housing in California history.

Administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), Homekey makes grant funding available to local public entities, including cities, counties, housing authorities and Tribal Entities.

The purpose of the funding is to develop a broad range of housing types, including but not limited to hotels, motels, hostels, single- family homes and multifamily apartments, adult residential facilities, and manufactured housing, and to convert commercial properties and other existing buildings to permanent or interim Housing for people experiencing homelessness.


Homekey Round 1 launched in June 2020, enabling the County to acquire 10 motels with a combined 847 units in Baldwin Park, Compton, Hacienda Heights, Harbor City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk and Whittier.

Together, the Homekey Round 1 properties have provided about 1,000 people with a safe place to stay during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April 2022, the County began seeking qualified owners/operators to rehabilitate and/or operate nine Homekey Round 1 motels as permanent supportive housing (PSH), 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.

The tenth motel is already a PSH with a nonprofit operator partnering with the County.

This solicitation process is still under way.


In October 2021, the County began seeking eligible co-applicants for Homekey Round 2 funding.

To date, Governor Gavin Newsom approved 12 of the County’s proposed projects with co-applicants. These are located in Compton, Inglewood, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Whittier, and Woodland Hills. Click here for more information.

HCD is still reviewing other applications. Eligible entities interested in becoming co-applicants must:

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