Implementing Homekey in Los Angeles: What Have We Learned So Far?
Join us for a virtual convening that will showcase the latest research in assessing our progress in Los Angeles in implementing Homekey, offer perspectives from nonprofit operators that are managing Homekey sites, and provide insights from local government partners administering the program across the county.
This session will feature a keynote from Carolina Reid, faculty research advisor at the Terner Center at UC Berkeley, and a leading expert on Homekey. We also will hear from Yasmin Tong, founding principal, CTY Housing, who partnered with Enterprise to capture lessons learned through a series of project-level case studies.
In the wake of the pandemic, California’s launch of Homekey created unique opportunities for communities across the state to repurpose underutilized buildings, like hotel and motels that had been hit hard with the economic downturn, to provide a range of housing interventions for vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness, including those at highest risk of contracting Covid on the streets.
Both the city and county of Los Angeles mobilized quickly after the first round of funding was released in August 2020 to acquire sites through partnerships with nonprofit affordable housing providers, with the intention of expanding interim housing supply in the near-term and converting to permanent supportive housing over a five-year period. This type of acquisition-and-rehab model had never been deployed at this scale. Today, most of those sites are still functioning as interim housing and are in various planning stages for the conversion cycle.
- Preservation & Production
- Equitable Path Forward
- Fair Housing
- Covid Response