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OC Register - Newsom: Housing conversion program, Homekey, has been a success, needs more funding

Costa Mesa, CA (January 18, 2024) - The state created the program called Homekey three years ago during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Homekey is one way the state is trying to confront the homelessness crisis by funding conversions that come with a far lower price tag than building new housing. The money from the state is typically combined with other funding sources to buy the buildings and renovate them for people to live in. 

The governor delivered his remarks in Costa Mesa at the site of a former Motel 6. The state last year gave the county $10 million to help fund converting the site’s 88 units into permanent supportive housing, many of which are dedicated to housing veterans.