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 31 properties, mostly hotels and motels, for conversion into interim and permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness — more than 2,129 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.
Referrals to Homekey sites are made through the Coordinated Entry System.
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HOMEKEY ROUND 3
In 2023, the State announced a combined total of $162.5 million in Homekey 3.0 grants to the County and its nonprofit partners to develop 533 units of interim and permanent housing in Baldwin Park, Exposition Park, Hollywood, Lancaster, Carson and Palmdale.
Several units are dedicated to serving youth and young adults, as well as individuals who are elderly and/or have physical and/or behavioral health disabilities.
With some of the projects, LA County will innovatively combine Homekey 3.0 grants with other funding sources, such as the Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program.
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.