Modesto woman hopeful California’s new homeless program will help her, 5-year-old son

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MODESTO, Calif — California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office announced Thursday a major boost to help give people experiencing homelessness a roof over their heads by putting $600 million from the state budget toward the so-called Project Homekey.

The project is the next phase of Project Roomkey, a collaborative effort from state and local officials to house the unhoused during the coronavirus pandemic. The new phase is a plan to give those facing homelessness during the pandemic a key to their own home not just one to a room.

Of the $600 million, “$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,” according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

The grant money isn’t flowing yet because cities and counties will have to apply. Once approved, they’ll use the money to buy hotels, motels and vacant apartment buildings and turn them into permanent housing for homeless residents.

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