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Cal OES previews new guidance on FEMA reimbursement for Project Roomkey

April 21, 2021
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it will provide a 100 percent federal cost share reimbursement to cities for eligible Project Roomkey activities, and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) presented guidance to help cities navigate the reimbursement process during the latest Cal Cities Guide to Local Recovery webinar on April 21.
Cal Cities President and El Centro Mayor Cheryl Viegas Walker kicked off the well-attended webinar, and highlighted that while securing funding and resources to support residents experiencing homelessness has remained a top priority for Cal Cities and local officials for many years, the pandemic has only accelerated and exacerbated this already existing challenge in California communities.

“Now more than ever, it is important that representatives from all levels of governments come together to address this urgent issue, and today’s webinar is an example of how local, state, and federal partners can work collaboratively to do just that,” said President Viegas Walker.

Through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, cities who have eligible Project Roomkey expenses will be able to seek full 100 percent reimbursement funding, and Cal OES has developed guidelines to help cities access the funding. During the webinar, top officials from Cal OES presented the guidelines and highlighted the steps cities need to take to be eligible to receive the funding.

“We are here to support you in any capacity that we can through technical and program assistance, and it is our job to get cities every penny that they are eligible for through this federal cost share reimbursement process,” said Cal OES Deputy Director of Recovery Operations Ryan Buras.

Cal Cities Executive Director and CEO Carolyn Coleman delivered closing remarks on the call, and highlighted that in order for a successful and comprehensive recover from the pandemic, local-state-federal partnerships are key.
“This is the kind of partnership and spirit of collaboration that is essential to our recovery as we move forward,” said Coleman.

Coleman also reminded attendees that this is just the beginning of a series of calls and resources Cal Cities is making available to members through the new Guide to Local Recovery initiative. Stay tuned for more information on guidelines, resources, and opportunities that will be provided in the coming weeks and months as we chart our path to recovery from this pandemic. 

If you have any questions regarding FEMA reimbursement for Project Roomkey or the Cal OES guidelines you can email disasterrecovery@caloes.ca.gov.
If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to email us at covid-19@cacities.org.

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