Governor Newsom: $600 Million “Homekey” Project to House the Homeless

Governor Gavin Newsom

SACRAMENTO, Ca. (KIEM) – Governor Newsom announces a $600 million dollar fund for local governments to purchase housing for homeless Californians.

The next phase in the state’s response to protect the homeless is called the Homekey fund, and builds off of Project Roomkey.

It will be the largest expansion of housing for homeless people in recent history.

The $600 million dollars will be made available immediately to support the purchase and rehabilitation of buildings in order to convert them into permanent long-term housing.

To support the speedy implementation of home-key, Governor Newsom signed new legislation to provide an exemption to the California Environmental Quality Act, and automatic zoning compliance for converted hotels, motels, and other housing types using the Homekey funding.