Project Homekey is another state program to house unsheltered individuals. The state awards funding that allows municipalities to purchase and rehabilitate hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, and convert them into permanent, long-term housing. Both Alameda County and the City of Oakland have received Homekey awards to acquire and transition the following hotels into permanent supportive housing within 36 months. To date the following projects have been approved by the State:
- Alameda County
- Comfort Inn- 100 rooms of PSH
- Days Hotel- 140 rooms of PSH
- City of Oakland
- BACS Houses: 110 deeply affordable housing units
- Clifton Hall: 42 deeply affordable housing units
- Inn at Temescal: 21 deeply affordable housing units
Pathways to Housing – Seeking Rental Units
Alameda County is currently offering incentive programs for landlords/ property owners that have available housing units to rent in an effort to help permanently house Alameda County residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The program offers a number of benefits to landlords/ property owners, including guaranteed on-time monthly payments, resident support services and additional financial incentives such as payment of a security deposit, a $4,000 damage guarantee, and a bonus of $1,000 to new landlords and $500 to current landlords per new unit dedicated to the program.
*Note: At this time our initiative is in particular need of 1-Bedroom and Studio units.
Building strong and lasting partnerships with property owners is a critical step towards ending homelessness in Alameda County. Identifying available housing units will also enable those exiting temporary housing in county hotels and motels as part of the State’s Project Roomkey to be placed in safe and stable housing. If you, or someone you know has a housing unit for rent, please call 510-777-2100 or email ACHomes@acgov.org.
Read more about our initiative in this recent piece by KQED (12/23/20)