Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties get $23 million to convert hotels into homeless housing – NBC Bay Area

Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties will receive a total of $23 million to convert hotels into permanent housing for homeless residents, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

Santa Clara County will receive $16.7 million to support the county’s purchase and conversion of the Crestview Hotel in Mountain View into 48 housing units, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.

The units will serve chronically homeless residents as well as homeless youth and youth at risk of becoming homeless. The county has already approved spending about $23 million on the project in addition to state funding.

Santa Cruz County is set to receive $6.4 million to purchase and convert a motel into 20 permanent homes, state officials say.

When complete, the complex will serve chronically homeless residents as well as military veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. Rent for each unit will be capped at 30% of the county area median income, which was $77,000 for someone living alone in 2020.

The grants and projects are part of the state’s Homekey program, which the state launched in 2020 with the goal of expanding access to housing through the conversion of hotels, motels and other vacant buildings. in permanent and transitional housing.

The state has awarded more than $1.3 billion in Homekey grants statewide since the program began. Those funds have supported the creation of nearly 8,000 homes, according to state officials, including hundreds in the Bay Area.

“The Homekey funding announced this week will support communities across California – from our foothills and coastal areas, through the state’s Central Valley and southern cities, these awards will make a huge difference in the lives of Californians who need a helping hand,” Newsom said in a statement.