OC Eyes Significant Conversion of Motels into Homeless Housing with Providers

OC could be observing a large growth of a application to buy and convert motels into homeless housing with on-website assist solutions.

Officers are gearing up for a significant infusion of new point out income for these types of conversions – known as Project Homekey – that would increase on their current effort and hard work that transformed two motels in Stanton.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is on the lookout at setting apart $3.5 billion for Homekey projects in his new budget prepare, county officials claimed Tuesday.

If OC receives a proportionate volume, that’s almost $300 million – many occasions far more than the $21 million the county received previous calendar year to do the two Stanton motel conversions.

County officers are now asking cities, motel homeowners and builders if they are intrigued.

The exertion has gotten a warm reaction from county supervisors, who are ultimate final decision-makers on whether to find funding and transform the motels.

“There’s definitely a lot of chances to transform motels that are just criminal offense magnets into motels that can provide veterans, family members in need, singles – so that individuals can get stabilized and we can clean up our neighborhood,” said Supervisor Katrina Foley at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors assembly.

County officials have mentioned their preference is to perform with metropolitan areas that assistance the motel-buying effort and hard work, and that they have backing from the leaders of a number of OC cities.

“I experienced a chance to tour the Stanton Homekey jobs, with Mayor [David] Shawver and Jamboree Housing. And what they have completed there is genuinely just incredible – not only for the inhabitants that now have secure spots to reside,” Foley claimed on Tuesday.

“And they’ve cleaned it up – it’s truly really a great deal nicer than it was. But it’s also really made a large big difference in that corridor on Beach Blvd., in terms of encouraging folks get off the streets and into shelter [and housing],” she added.

“So this is a actually superior design, and it actually assists those communities that want to rework some of the – what I’m just likely to refer to as seedy motels – into locations where people can prosper and stabilize.”

In the end, it would be on the county to implement for the point out grant income. In the past, county officers have sought considerably much less state grant funding on homelessness than they are suitable for – but have sought a lot more in recent a long time right after staying publicly scolded about it by a federal judge.