LOS ANGELES – Mayor Karen Bass today announced that two Project Homekey sites have been awarded to the City of Los Angeles and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) as she continues to lock arms with the City, County, State and federal governments to confront the homelessness crisis with the urgency it requires. The Mayor’s Office coordinated with the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) and HACLA on a series of Project Homekey 3 applications in order to meet the goals of expanding interim housing through motel acquisitions and also quickly bringing more permanent supportive housing units online.
“We know that in order to solve the homelessness and housing crisis in Los Angeles, we must have more housing, both interim and permanent, in every neighborhood, said Mayor Karen Bass. “We have been working closely with the Los Angeles Housing Department and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles in order to bring these projects online and secure this critical funding. Thank you to Governor Newsom and the State Legislature for recognizing these critical projects. I look forward to our continued collaboration as we urgently confront the homelessness crisis as well as a new partnership with Urban Awnings and the Carpenters Union as we showcase new modular innovation and construction.”
“It’s exciting to see the state invest in innovation for more affordable housing construction and this Canoga Park location has great potential,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. “I was able to see the demonstration model with the Carpenters and I’m eager to see their final design implemented in my district. I look forward to talking with community members and the project partners to ensure its success.”
“This new Project Homekey site shows our continued commitment to addressing the homelessness crisis in our city,” said Councilmember John Lee. “The acquisition of this motel will transform it into a place of hope and compassion that will benefit North Hills and our district at large by offering additional housing options as an alternative to living on the streets."
"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the State and Hope the Mission to bring 111 units of much needed interim housing to North Hills," said Ann Sewill, General Manager of LAHD. "These units will provide a bridge for unhoused Angelenos to find permanent housing, and put an existing motel to use in providing a fresh start."
“HACLA is thrilled to continue our longstanding partnerships with the State of California and the City of Los Angeles to create new permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in the City of Los Angeles,” Doug Guthrie, HACLA’s President & CEO, said. “This innovative new construction project will build on the success we’ve seen with the first phase of the Topanga Canyon project, bringing 24 new units of urgently needed housing to the community.”
The Homekey Projects include:
Motel 6 North Hills – 111 interim housing units
In partnership with Hope the Mission, the City of Los Angeles will receive $32,068,000 in funding for the Motel 6 North Hills, an acquisition and rehabilitation project to convert a motel to create 111 interim housing serving individuals experiencing homelessness and chronic homelessness.
Topanga Canyon Blvd Phase 2 – 24 permanent housing units
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, in partnership with Topanga Canyon Housing Partners LP, will receive $5,432,319 for 7625 Topanga Canyon Blvd Phase 2, a modular new construction project that will create 24 permanent housing units serving individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.