Homekey

 

Contact

Application, General Program, and Standard Agreements Questions

Homekey@hcd.ca.gov

Program Details

 

Background Information

Building on the success of Project Roomkey , Homekey is the next phase in the state’s response to protecting Californians experiencing homelessness who are at high risk for serious illness and are impacted by COVID-19.

Administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), $600 million in grant funding will be made available to local public entities, including cities, counties, or other local public entities, including housing authorities or federally recognized tribal governments within California to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, and other buildings and convert them into interim or permanent, long-term housing.

Of the $600 million in Homekey grant funds, $550 million is derived from the State's direct allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Funds (CRF), and $50 million is derived from the State's General Fund.

Each Homekey allocation has the following expenditure deadlines:

  • The $550 million in CRF must be expended by December 30, 2020. The Department recognizes this expenditure deadline is challenging; however, the deadline is a requirement of federal CRF funding. The Department will provide ongoing support to assist Grantees in meeting the expenditure deadline, and has already developed an accelerated application and award process.

    NOTE: For Projects that involve an acquisition- and are receiving CRF awards, Grantees must expend the funds by the expenditure deadline and the Project escrow must be closed by December 30, 2020.

  • The $50 million in State General Funds must be expended by June 30, 2022.

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Assistance Type

Under the Homekey program, local entities will partner with the state to acquire and rehabilitate a variety of housing types, including (but not limited to) hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, and residential care facilities in order to serve people experiencing homelessness or who are also at risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

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Eligible Applicants

Local entities including housing authorities and federally recognized tribal governments within California.

Cities, counties, or other local public entities, including housing authorities or federally recognized tribal governments within California, may apply independently as a Development Sponsor or jointly with a non-profit or a for-profit corporation.

Geographic Distribution: Because COVID-19 impacts people experiencing or at risk of homelessness throughout California, HCD is working to ensure jurisdictions throughout the state have an equitable opportunity to apply for Homekey funds. To this end, HCD has divided the state into eight regions, with each region having funding reserved on a time-limited basis during the “priority application” period.

Note: Although Homekey builds off the success of Project Roomkey, applications are not limited to Project Roomkey sites.

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Eligible Uses / Projects

Awarded funds must be used to provide housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness and who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With respect to the list of eligible uses below, an Eligible Applicant may choose to target Project Roomkey properties, or other, non-Project Roomkey properties.

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Anticipated Program Timeline

For all applicants

  • July 16, 2020 - Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) releases
  • July 16, 2020 - August 13, 2020 — Applicant pre-application consultations with HCD, To request a pre-application consultation, email Homekey@hcd.ca.gov
  • July 22, 2020 - Online application available
  • July 22, 2020 - August 13, 2020 — “Priority Application” period.
  • July 24, 2020 - Webinar (2:00-4:00 p.m.): Register to attend
  • August 13, 2020 - “Priority Applications” due
  • August/September 2020 - Awards made on a rolling basis through fall 2020
  • September 29, 2020 - All applications due
  • Late November 2020 - HCD redeploys unawarded funds or funds from projects that did not meet milestones

For grantees

  • December 30, 2020 - Expenditure deadline for projects that involve an acquisition and received a Homekey award from the $550 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.
  • January 31, 2021 - Deadline for first expenditure report for projects awarded funding from the $50 million in State General Fund dollars.
  • February 1, 2021 - Deadline for “Grantee Expenditure and Program Report” for projects awarded funding from $550 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.
  • July 31, 2021 - Deadline for second expenditure report for projects awarded funding from the $50 million in State General Fund dollars.
  • January 31, 2022 - Deadline for third expenditure report for projects awarded funding from the $50 million in State General Fund dollars.
  • June 30, 2022 - Expenditure deadline for projects that received a Homekey award from the $50 million in State General Fund dollars.
  • July 31, 2022 - Deadline for fourth expenditure report for projects awarded funding from the $50 million in State General Fund dollars.

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Funds Available

Homekey Grant funds: $600 million

  • $550 million will be provided by California’s direct allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Funds.
    • Funds must be expended AND project escrow must close by December 30, 2020.
      HCD recognizes this expenditure deadline is challenging; however, the deadline is a requirement of federal CRF funding. HCD has already developed an accelerated application and award process and will provide ongoing support to assist grantees in meeting the expenditure deadline.

  • $50 million will be provided by California’s General Fund to supplement the acquisition and provide initial operating funds. Funds must be expended by June 30, 2022.

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Program Guidelines

For CEQA and other streamlining allowances, see Training and Technical Assistance.

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Get Funding - Current Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Important! Before you apply:

Prior to submitting an application, all applicants are required to engage in a pre-application consultation with HCD and/or the California Department of General Services (DGS). The pre-application consultation will allow the applicant and the department to discuss the applicant's proposed project, along with other applicable programmatic considerations, including those related to property acquisition, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), land use and land entitlements, and long-term financing approaches.

Applications for this NOFA will be received and reviewed on a rolling, over-the-counter basis until the Coronavirus Relief Fund and the State General Fund moneys are committed.

  • Notice of Funding Availability (PDF)
  • Preview the Homekey Application questions (PDF) - Updated 8/5/2020
  • Apply online - Homekey Application

    Web browser requirements for Homekey Application

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    Chrome -- latest
    Firefox – latest and extended support release (ESR)
    Edge – 2 most recent major versions
    IE – 11, 10*, 9* (“compatibility view” mode not supported) *deprecated in v10, see deprecations guide.
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    Safari – 2 most recent major versions
    IOS – 2 most recent major versions
    Android – X (10.0), Pie (9.0), Oreo (8.0), Nougat (7.0)

    Attachment size limits. There is 100 MB total limit for (up to) 26 possible attachment files.

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Program Forms

Resolution Templates

Standard Agreement Exhibits

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Awards

Awards will be posted here on a rolling basis through fall 2020.

Awarded 09-16-2020

  • Press release Governor Newsom Announces $76 Million in First Round of Homekey Awards
  • Fact Sheet Descriptions of projects that received awards on 09-16-2020 (PDF)
  • View videos from Sacramento Mayor, Darrell Steinberg; San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo; Contra Costa Health Services’ Anna Roth, and Health, Housing, and Homelessness Services’ Lavonna Martin; and Imperial Valley College Superintendent and President Dr. Martha Garcia

Awarded 09-21-2020

  • Press release Governor Gavin Newsom Announces $236 Million in Second Round of Homekey Awards (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet Descriptions of projects that received awards on 09-21-2020 (PDF)
  • View videos from Sacramento Mayor, Darrell Steinberg; San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo; Contra Costa Health Services’ Anna Roth, and Health, Housing, and Homelessness Services’ Lavonna Martin; and Imperial Valley College Superintendent and President Dr. Martha Garcia

Awarded 09-28-2020

  • Press release Governor Newsom Announces $137 Million in Third Round of Homekey Awards and Announces Request to Legislature to Approve Additional $200 Million for Program
  • Fact Sheet Descriptions of projects that received awards on 09-28-2020 (PDF)

Awarded 10-09-2020

  • Press release Governor Newsom Announces Release of $147 million in Fourth Round of Homekey Awards
  • Fact Sheet Descriptions of projects that received awards on 10-09-2020 (PDF)

Awarded 10-16-2020

  • Press release Governor Newsom Announces Release of $30.7 Million in Fifth Round of Homekey Awards
  • Fact Sheet Descriptions of projects that received awards on 10-16-2020 (PDF)

Awarded 10-23-2020

  • Press release In San Jose, Governor Newsom Announces Approval of $200 Million in Additional Funding for Homekey and Releases $81.4 Million in Sixth Round of Awards, State on Track to Clear Most of Homekey Waitlist
  • Fact Sheet Descriptions of projects that received awards on 10-23-2020 (PDF)

Awarded 10-29-2020

  • Press release At West Sacramento Motel Where he Launched Project Roomkey in April, Governor Newsom Announces the Site will Become a Homekey Location as Part of the Seventh and Final Round of Awards
  • Fact Sheet Descriptions of projects that received awards on 10-29-2020 (PDF)

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Training and Technical Assistance

Please note: Additional training and technical assistance resources will be posted soon.

The Coronavirus Relief Funds released through Homekey include a rapid expenditure deadline of December 30, 2020. As a result, the State commits to providing Technical Assistance to eligible applicants pursuing these investments. Homekey’s Technical Assistance includes a range of services from HCD, DGS and other state Departments:

If eligible applicants have other requests for Technical Assistance, please contact Homekey@hcd.ca.gov

Pre-Application Consultation
Section 201 of the NOFA describes the requirement for a pre-application consultation between eligible applicants and the state. The pre-application consultation will assist the Department in understanding more about the applicant’s proposed project (to assist in an expedited review of the application once submitted) and is intended to provide the applicant with Technical Assistance and support from the state. The pre-application consultation will include discussion of the eligible applicant’s:

  • Status and consideration of activities and opportunities for Homekey
  • Need, if any, for guidance or advising from the state to support proposed activities

To schedule a pre-application consultation, email Homekey@hcd.ca.gov.

After the pre-application consultation, the state team remains available to support eligible applicants as they work towards grant milestones and completion of their project. To the extent practical and feasible, Technical Assistance will be tailored to meet the needs of the applicants and could include the following topics and activities:

NOFA or Application Requirements (Services provided include)

  • General requirements, documentation (General NOFA and application overview)
  • Funding Considerations (Strategic advising and braiding funds)
  • Data, research and analysis (Site, neighborhood and risk data, or related maps)
  • Land Use Conformity / Entitlements / Planning connections (Housing Elements or APR) / CEQA (Strategic advising)
  • Fair Housing and Equity (Data, analysis and integration of equity strategies)
  • Real property services (The Department of General Services’ Real Estate Services Division (RESD) provides centralized services to state departments including real estate due diligence, property acquisitions and sales, environmental reviews, hazardous materials surveys and remediation, design, construction project management, and inspections. RESD can provide counsel, advice, or similar services for local governments in support of their own acquisitions, upon request.)
  • Wage and Labor Requirements (Skilled and Trained Workforce Requirements, Apprenticeship Programs, Local Prevailing Wage Requirements)
  • Continuum of Care (COC) Support (Coordinated entry and other Technical Assistance to COC)

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