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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jerri Randrup, Public Information Director September 29, 2020 Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

GOVERNOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES HOMEKEY AWARD TO ALAMEDA COUNTY

Homekey funds supplement the County’s efforts to covert 104 hotel rooms to permanent housing

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA – Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Alameda County received $14.5M in the first round of awards for 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 State’s award allows Alameda County to transition the 104-unit Comfort Inn in Oakland from a Project Roomkey temporary COVID-19 quarantine site into permanent housing for homeless individuals. The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency will support public input sessions to be held by Supervisor Nate Miley during the planning process.

“Alameda County Comfort Inn was the very first hotel opened in Alameda County in collaboration with California Department of Social Services to assist homeless people during COVID-19,” said Kerry Abbott, Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Office of Homeless Care and Coordination. “Already, hundreds of people have been assisted with shelter, meals, housing navigation, and health care services at Comfort Inn, and this grant from the State of California will allow us to keep the program open, and to convert the site to permanent housing.”