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 is making the most of this unprecedented opportunity and is providing supplemental funding to renovate and operate the units.
HOMEKEY ROUND 3
The State of California expects to release the Homekey Round 3 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in March 2023.
The County will again seek to apply jointly with co-applicants, whom it plans to select through a competitive solicitation process prior to the release of the NOFA.
For this particular round of Homekey, the County is prioritizing:
- Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) projects 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.
- Maximizing applications for presumed youth set-aside funding – may be permanent or interim projects
- Partnerships with cities, Councils of Government (COGs), and tribal entities
Qualified entities interested in being co-applicants with the County should respond to the Request for Statement of Qualifications (RFSQ).
Those who are identified as qualified applicants through this solicitation may have the opportunity to propose specific projects to the County and then to apply jointly with the County to Homekey Round 3. The RFSQ documents provide information on where to direct any questions.
HOMEKEY ROUND 2
In 2022, the County secured 14 hotels and multi-family apartments through Homekey 2.0.
These consist of 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 are designated as 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, are to serve as PSH.