The City and County of Los Angeles have taken advantage of the state's Project Homekey grants to purchase thousands of apartments and hotel rooms to repurpose them as interim and permanent supportive housing. Now, one of the region's smaller cities is also getting in on the action.
Last week, Culver City announced that it was awarded a $26.6 million Project Homekey grant for the acquisition of two motels near the 405 Freeway. The two properties, located on adjacent sites at 3868 and 3900 Sepulveda Boulevard, will create 39 units of interim housing and 37 units of permanent supportive housing.
“Repurposing these two motels is a critical part of Culver City’s overall plan for addressing homelessness,” said Culver City Mayor Dr. Daniel Lee in a statement. “While the root causes of homelessness are tied to systemic inequities, housing is a fundamental and core solution that can meaningfully address homelessness by providing a safe place indoors where people can find wrap around services, healing, and stabilization. While housing 76 of our neighbors through Project Homekey does not end the problem, it marks our notable progress.”
According to a news release, the interim housing is intended for stays of up to 90 days, with extensions granted based on need. Residents are provided with meals, laundry services, and social services.
The supportive housing caters to persons experiencing chronic homelessness, and the length of stay is determined by resident need and choice. As with the interim units, residents are provided with on-site supportive services.
Exodus Recovery, which has run similar facilities across the State of California, will serve as the lead operator and service provider for the two facilities, both of which are expected to open for residents by the end of 2022.
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