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Orange County gets $23.1 million in Project Homekey funds to turn motels into homeless housing

It’s official: the state has awarded $23.1 million to the County of Orange and nonprofit affordable housing developer Jamboree Housing Corp. to turn two motels in Stanton into permanent housing for homeless people.

The county announced late Friday, Oct. 9, that the 72-room Stanton Inn & Suites on Katella Avenue and the 60-room Tahiti Motel on Beach Boulevard qualified for the funding. The city of Stanton is also a partner in the planned motel conversions.




The money is part of the $600 million Project Homekey program that grew out of the Project Roomkey project initiated by Gov. Gavin Newsom in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic to provide safer living quarters to vulnerable homeless people who needed a place to isolate or quarantine. The bulk of the Homekey money, $550 million, comes from federal coronavirus relief funds.

A third potential Project Homekey site in Orange County, a 20-room motel, remains under negotiation. The county is seeking $2 million for that conversion.

The Stanton Inn & Suites has been serving as one of Orange County’s six Project Roomkey sites and will continue to house homeless people as the county winds down that program this month.

Source: Orange County Register

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