State awards grants to Oakland, San Francisco to convert hotels into homeless housing – CBS San Francisco

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/BCN) — California has given Oakland and San Francisco combined state grants of $22 million to convert hotels in each city into permanent housing for homeless residents, the bureau said Wednesday. of Governor Gavin Newsom.

The City of Oakland will receive $14.8 million to purchase and renovate the Piedmont Place Hotel, located at 55 MacArthur Blvd., into 44 studios and one two-bedroom unit.

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When completed, the complex will serve as permanent housing for chronically homeless residents and will provide counseling and other social services.

San Francisco will receive a $7.48 million grant to convert a 25-room hotel into permanent housing for young people coming out of the foster care system as well as residents at risk of homelessness who earn 30% of the city’s median income. city, which was $119,136. from 2020.

Like the Piedmont Place project, the San Francisco complex will include supportive social services for its residents.

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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.

“We continue to act urgently to fund quality Homekey projects, because that’s exactly what the moment demands – quick and decisive action to help California’s most vulnerable,” Newsom said in a statement.

The Oakland and San Francisco projects are two of 10 Homekey awards announced Wednesday statewide, totaling $136.6 million, according to Newsom’s office.

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