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City Awarded $3.1 Million Grant for Homeless Housing Project

Funds to Create 14-Units to Further Efforts to End Chronic Homelessness

Post Date:09/24/2020 12:53 PM

On September 14, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the City of Lake Elsinore will receive $3.1 million in the first round of awards for Project Homekey - California’s innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

The Homekey grant will be used for acquisition, rehabilitation and operational costs for the City’s newly acquired housing facility, now called The Anchor. The property was purchased by the City in July to be used in the short-term for crisis stabilization housing for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. In the long-term, though, the City will use the site to develop its first permanent extremely low-income housing development in the future.

“In Lake Elsinore our approach, ‘One Team, One Dream,’ is a community-based effort supported by law enforcement and City leaders that empowers the community to work together to truly make a difference using truth and grace,” said Social Work Action Group’s Executive Director, Monica Sapien. “The State’s gracious award of Homekey funds is the latest in a series of blessings that is going to allow us to further our efforts, together, and end chronic homelessness in Lake Elsinore.” 

The City was previously awarded a $1.5 million Homeless Emergency Aid Program funded by the State and awarded by Riverside County’s Continuum of Care. This funding has allowed the City’s homeless street outreach team help 57 individuals exit the streets. This funding source must be expended by June 30, 2021.

The Anchor, located at 215 W. Graham Avenue, is currently under rehabilitation to provide the City’s first homeless housing units. Once complete, in less than 90 days, the project will serve those who are experiencing homelessness in the City of Lake Elsinore, City of Wildomar and surrounding County of Riverside areas. The property will provide  14 housing units and can house up to 28 individuals. In addition to the housing units, the City is partnering with the Social Work Action Group (SWAG) to provide full time social service support at the property.

Governor Newsom announced Homekey in June, and in July made $600 million in funding available. Of that, $550 million will provide cities and counties by California’s direct allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Funds, with an additional $50 million provided by the state to supplement the acquisition and provide initial operating funds. Awards are being announced on a weekly basis through October 2020. Eligible Projects that did not receive funding will be placed on a waiting list in case additional funding is made available.

To learn more about the Homekey Funded projects visit bcsh.ca.go/homekey.

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