During a special meeting Tuesday, county supervisors voted unanimously to complete the purchase.
The 350-square-foot studio apartment can be built in less than 24 hours and costs roughly $115,000.
Supervisors Matt Haney, Shamann Walton, and Dean Preston announced new legislation to keep 2,300 hotel rooms, which currently serve as safe spaces for some unhoused residents, open as the city works to solidify permanent housing solutions.
Both projects are expected to be finished and ready for residents in early 2021.
The developers said they "uncovered innumerable irresolvable issues related to the quality of the building’s construction, adequacy of health and safety systems and the occupancy of new residents with young children."
Los Angeles County has extended agreements with two PR firms hired to guide the county’s COVID-19 messaging and is using federal CARES Act money to offset part of the cost of their contracts, which now total $2.9 million, according to documents obtained exclusively by FOX 11.
The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing said the goal is to move all of those 2,359 people currently in hotels into permanent housing, not another temporary option.
Alameda was able to secure two housing communities for low-income families and seniors ages 62 and above.
Inn Marin, a 70-room motel in the Ignacio area of south Novato, is being eyed for conversion to a long-term homeless haven.
As a result of the health crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched Project Homekey, the state’s $600-million program for buying and rehabilitating housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties.
The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several homeless mothers calling themselves Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant, corporate-owned house in West Oakland.
Much of the financial aid would come from a $4 million pool of Community Development Block Grant money.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the Project Homekey awards on Monday as the next phase in the state’s response to protecting Californians experiencing homelessness who are impacted by COVID-19.
City officials in Oakland are set to consider a new homeless encampment policy that would address where people can and cannot set up encampments.
A program to assist small landlords financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was approved Tuesday by San Mateo County supervisors.
The residence is located in the 37000 block of 3rd Street in Niles.
Under the settlement that was approved by Alameda County Superior Court last week, Caltrans must establish a $1.3 million fund to compensate people for their loss of property that was destroyed in the sweeps and pay $700,000 to Homeless Action Center to provide housing and benefits services for unhoused class members.
The governor says he's setting aside more than a billion dollars to help cities and counties buy hotels and properties to help transition homeless off the streets and into homes.
Under the settlement agreement, the city will remove up to 300 tents and encampments by July 20. Occupants will be offered free COVID-19 testing and be relocated to a hotel room or another safe sleeping site.
Supervisors in various counties want to extend the moratorium on evictions.