City receives $30.5 million grant to build tiny homes and buy motel for homeless people • Long Beach Post News

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Funded by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, $25.2 million will be used to build 30 to 35 tiny modular homes at the Westside multi-service center as well as purchase another motel under the city’s Project Homekey program. town.

“This generous grant will go a long way to reducing homelessness in Long Beach,” Health Department Director Kelly Colopy said in a statement. “As we continue to expand our outreach activities, it is essential that we can also meet the accommodation needs of people ready to receive services. »

The purchase of the motel site is under negotiation, according to the announcement. Although the total number of interim housing units produced by the funding depends on the selected motel site, the number is expected to be over 100.

Each unit will include furniture, linens and a private bathroom, depending on the city. Staff and security will be on site 24/7.

The remaining $5.3 million will go to operations and services for three years, according to the announcement, including support services to help people find permanent housing.

City staff are expected to present the grant opportunity to city council in the fall for consideration, the announcement said. Once the council has voted in favor of the grant and the contracts have been signed, it will take eight to 12 months for the accommodation to be available for those in need of shelter.

Since 2020, the number of temporary beds for people experiencing homelessness has increased from 60 to around 530, not counting those announced on Wednesday. During the same period, however, the city’s homeless population exploded to 3,296, a 62% increase.

The city has 344 beds through Project Homekey and Project Roomkey, the latter of which was established in March 2020 as part of the state’s response to the pandemic and ending September 30.

The number of permanent affordable housing units in Long Beach has also increased since 2020, with 124 units added through four developments, including Vistas Del Puerto and Spark at Midtown. More than 200 other units are in various stages of development.

“Ending homelessness is one of our top priorities in Long Beach,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are grateful to the state for this grant which will allow us to expand an incredibly successful program and create safe and supportive housing for those in need.”

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