Project Homekey is a California program that gives money to local governments to buy and fix up properties like motels, hotels and apartments, turning them into lasting homes for homeless or at-risk individuals with the privacy and services they need. Launched by the Governor’s Office in June of 2020, to protect vulnerable people during COVID-19, the program collaborates with counties to acquire these properties and provide support. The funding comes from the state funds. San Mateo County initially received $33 million for this in October of 2020, with a tight two-month deadline to use the funds. The County’s leaders approved the buying of the first two hotels (TownePlace Suites Hotel and Pacific Inn Hotel) to offer immediate long-term housing and shelter, additionally, they matched federal funds to align with their commitment to end homelessness.
See the map below for further details on each site and how they are distributed across the County.