Sonoma County supervisors recently authorized spending more than $1.5 million to support a pair of projects to covert two former hotels into affordable housing.
The county Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to allocate $950,000 to a project in Healdsburg and $600,000 to a project in Petaluma.
According to county officials, the state will match both allocations to clear up funding gaps with both projects.
The state originally awarded $7 million to the city of Healdsburg to convert a former hotel into a 25-unit transitional housing complex for chronically homeless residents.
The city of Petaluma was awarded $15.6 million to convert a former America’s Best Value Inn into a 60-unit housing complex that will serve formerly homeless residents, according to the county.
Both projects received state funding via the Homekey program, which the state launched in 2020 in an effort to expand housing access through the conversion of vacant hotels, motels and other buildings into both permanent and transitional housing units.
The state has awarded more than $1.3 billion in Homekey grant funding across the state since launching the program. Those funds have supported the creation of nearly 8,000 housing units, according to state officials.
Once complete, residents at the Healdsburg and Petaluma projects will have access to social services like behavioral health and substance use treatment.
Both housing complexes are expected to open later this year.