The purpose of Homekey is to provide grant funding to eligible applicants to quickly acquire or rehabilitate or master lease a variety of housing types. Once developed, these projects will provide interim or permanent housing options for persons experiencing homelessness and who are also at risk of COVID-19.
Homekey provides funding to rapidly sustain and expand the inventory of housing for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and impacted by COVID-19. Homekey is an opportunity for local public agencies to purchase motels and a broad range of other housing types in order to increase their community's capacity to respond to homelessness and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department requires all Applicants to engage in a pre-application consultation with the Department and/or the Department of General Services (DGS) prior to submitting an application. Application consultations will be available upon the release of this NOFA and may be requested by emailing Homekey@hcd.ca.gov.
The list of eligible uses for the CRF $550 million allocation and the $50 million state General Fund allocation is as follows:i. Acquisition or rehabilitation of motels, hotels, or hostels.ii. Master leasing of properties.iii. Acquisition of other sites and assets, including purchase of apartments or homes, adult residential facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, manufactured housing, and other buildings with existing residential uses that could be converted to permanent or interim housing.iv. Conversion of units from nonresidential to residential in a structure with a certificate of occupancy as a motel, hotel, or hostel.v. The purchase of affordability covenants and restrictions for units.vi. Relocation costs for individuals who are being displaced as a result of rehabilitation of existing units.vii. Capitalized operating subsidies for units purchased, converted, or altered with funds provided pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 50675.1.1.*
*Projects seeking capitalized operating subsidies for units purchased, converted, or altered will be awarded with funds from the $50 million state General Fund allocation. The $550 million in Homekey derived from the CRF is not permitted to be used for this purpose.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
During the priority application period (through August 13, 2020), applications will be accepted and funded based on formula allocations to 8 geographic regions (see section 202 of the NOFA). After August 14, 2020, applications will be awarded based on date received.
Cities, counties, or other Local Public Entities, including housing authorities or federally recognized tribal governments may apply independently or jointly with a for-profit or nonprofit corporation.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Eligible Applicants are required to demonstrate a five-year commitment to provide operating funds for the proposed project. The first two years of operating funds may include an award from the $50 million in state General Fund. Additional match funds may be required (see Section 203 of the NOFA).
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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