FEMA announces it will permanently fund California’s Project Roomkey, Gov. Newsom says


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Gavin Newsom announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized reimbursement for non-congregate shelter through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, including Project Roomkey.

The state will no longer be required to submit requests every 30 days to reauthorize reimbursement.

Project Roomkey has sheltered over 23,000 homeless individuals.

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“This action serves as acknowledgement of the importance of efforts like Project Roomkey in protecting the most vulnerable Californians and validates all of your efforts to implement this first-in-the-nation program,” wrote Governor Newsom in a letter to Project Roomkey partners.

Officials say that when the pandemic began, the Gov. Newsom secured FEMA cost-share for Project Roomkey, enabling local governments to scale up the leasing of hotels and the placement of clients at a very rapid pace.

California has also made $512 million in emergency funding available to support local governments to expand and sustain Project Roomkey while beginning to transition participants to permanent housing.

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