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League Weekly COVID-19 Update: July 16-22

July 22, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the availability of $600 million in funding for Homekey, a new funding opportunity for local public agencies to purchase motels and a broad range of other housing types in order to respond to homelessness and the current COVID-19 pandemic. 
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) expects to begin accepting applications July 22, and the first tier of projects will be fast tracked for awards during the first 30 days. Any awards that cities receive must be spent by Dec. 30, 2020. HCD will host a webinar to review the application process on July 24 at 2 p.m. For questions, please email homekey@hcd.ca.gov.

New state guidance was released July 20 to clarify which services can be conducted outside. Hair services are allowed, as are services for skin care, nails, and massage. Other services which require a hygienic environment (tattooing, electrolysis, piercing) cannot be performed outdoors. Read more in industry guidance.
The Governor announced his plan for school instruction prior to the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Schools can physically open when its county has been off the County Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. Schools not meeting this requirement must begin the year distance learning. The Governor highlighted that decisions to physically open schools will be determined by local data that the public can track daily. For more information, view the notes and slide deck from the press conference.
Last week, CalPERS reported a preliminary 4.7 percent net return on investments for the 12-month period that ended June 30, 2020. CalPERS assets at the end of the fiscal year stood at more than $389 billion. In order to update cities about the status of the fund at the close of the most recent fiscal year and explain its new investment strategy, CalPERS held an employer webinar on July 21.
With so many factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic still unknown and the health and safety of League members, staff, partners, vendors, and guests as our top priority, the Board Executive Committee has made the decision to transform the League’s Annual Conference & Expo, scheduled Oct. 7-9 in Long Beach, into a virtual event.
Below is a brief recap of recent and ongoing significant COVID-19 developments.
State Updates Federal Updates

The U.S. Senate returned to work on Monday, July 20 and we anticipate that a new stimulus package will be introduced soon. League regional public affairs managers will provide League members information on how to call the offices of Sens. Feinstein and Harris to continue fighting for $500 billion in direct and flexible federal funding to local governments as part of our Support Local Recovery campaign.
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