Oakland wins $14.8 million to turn hotel into homeless housing

Oakland won $14.8 million in state funding Wednesday to turn a hotel into much-needed homeless housing, as Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office continues to award grants through its Homekey program.

The money will allow the city to buy and rehabilitate the Piedmont Place hotel, transforming it into 44 studios apartments, one two-bedroom unit and one studio unit for a property manager. The units will provide housing for people who have been homeless a long time, or are homeless and struggling with medical conditions that make it difficult for them to work.

“Homekey is providing thousands of individuals with the supportive services they need and a safe place to call home,” Newsom wrote in a Wednesday news release announcing the award. “We are continuing to act with urgency to fund quality Homekey projects, because that’s exactly what the moment demands – swift, decisive action to assist the most vulnerable Californians.”

The governor also announced a $7.48 million award that will allow San Francisco to buy the 25-room Eula Hotel on 16th Street and turn it into housing for homeless young people. Anaheim, Los Angeles, Merced and Modesto were among the other cities that received grants this week. The governor doled out a total of $136.6 million for 10 projects.

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