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Learn How Your City Can Access Funding Available through Homekey Grants

July 22, 2020
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced the release of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $600 million in Homekey grant funds.
Building on the success of Project Roomkey, Homekey is the next phase in the state's response to protect Californians experiencing homelessness or who are also at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. 
Grant funding is administered by HCD and available to local public entities, including cities, counties, or other local public entities, such as housing authorities or federally recognized tribal governments within California to purchase and rehabilitate housing, as well as hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, and other buildings and convert them into interim or permanent, long-term housing.
Geographic and racial equity are included into Homekey, with dedicated funding for various regions and a goal of addressing the deeply inequitable impact of homelessness on Black and Latino communities across California.
Recent Legislation
To further support speedy implementation of Homekey, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation providing a California Environmental Quality Act exemption and automatic zoning compliance for converted hotels, motels, and other housing types that utilize Homekey funding. Additionally, recent legislation (AB 83) authorizes units in a motel, hotel, or hostel that are converted from nonresidential to residential to count towards a jurisdiction's adequate sites, if specified conditions are met, including that the unit is part of a long-term recovery response to COVID-19.
Technical Assistance
HCD and the Department of General Services will provide robust technical assistance to help cities and counties quickly and successfully apply for this critical funding. Prior to submitting an application, all applicants are required to engage in a pre-application consultation.
Important Deadlines
  • "Priority Applications" are due by Aug. 13
  • All applications are due by Sept. 29
  • Any awards that cities receive must be spent by Dec. 30 
HCD will hold a webinar July 24 from 2-4 p.m. to review the Homekey NOFA and application process. Register now
For more information, visit the Homekey webpage.
For questions about Homekey, email: Homekey@hcd.ca.gov

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