Category: Homelessness


Biden-Harris Administration Launches House America Initiative

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration launched House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis. The initiative, to be led by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge, is a national partnership in which HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) invite state and local government officials…

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UCLA CHPR to Host Symposium on Health, Housing, and Homelessness

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Policy Research will host a virtual symposium on Monday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 5 entitled, “Opening Doors for All: Improving Health in Housing and Homelessness.” The symposium will bring together public health leaders, community advocates, policymakers, and other thought leaders to identify past successes…

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Newsom Administration Announces $2.75 Billion Expansion of Homekey

On Thursday, the Newsom Administration announced the next phase of the homeless housing initiative Homekey with the release of $2.75 billion in funds from the 2021 Budget Act. The funding will expand the Homekey program for the purchase and rehabilitation of buildings, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, tiny homes, and other properties, to convert…

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DHCD Faulted by State Auditor for Management of Federal COVID-19 Funds for Homeless Residents

On Tuesday, State Auditor Elaine Howle issued a report, “California Department of Housing and Community Development: It Failed to Expedite Access to Federal Funding to Address the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on California’s Homeless Population.” The auditor’s report comes as part of her office’s classification of the state’s management of certain federal funds related…

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Legislative and Budget Hearings Cover Telehealth, COVID-19 Impacts, and Homelessness

This week, the California State Assembly and Senate held a number of hearings spanning a wide array of subject areas, including COVID-19, homelessness, telehealth, and proposed budget investments. Below, we provide a high-level overview of hearings held this week: Assembly Examines Telehealth Policy in California Post-Pandemic The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday convened an informational…

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Assembly Convenes Joint Informational Hearing on State’s Role in Homelessness

On Thursday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and the Assembly Housing and Community Development convened a joint hearing to explore the state’s role in homelessness in California. The hearing featured an overview of state homelessness activities from representatives from the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) and the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing…

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Homekey Projects Close Escrow

This week, the Governor announced that all 94 Homekey projects closed escrow, providing 6,029 housing units for people experiencing homelessness in California. Under the Homekey program, local entities partnered with the state to acquire and rehabilitate various housing types to serve people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. A total…

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Project Roomkey Secures Continued FEMA Reimbursement

Late today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized reimbursement for non-congregate shelter, including for Project Roomkey, through the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The state will now no longer be required to submit requests every 30 days to reauthorize reimbursement for providing non-congregate shelter to residents….

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Newsom Announces $62m Emergency Allocation to Support Project Roomkey

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s intent to immediately allocate $62 million in one-time funds from the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) to counties providing housing to current Project Roomkey participants. According to the Administration, funds are being made available to Roomkey sites to ensure clients living in motel or hotel rooms…

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Newsom Announces Seventh and Final Round of Homekey Awards

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom returned to a Yolo County hotel where he launched in April the state’s Project Roomkey initiative to announce the seventh and final round of awards to provide permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. The seventh round of awards total $129.6 million awarded to nine jurisdictions for 17 projects providing…

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