California’s Homekey Program Will Transform Empire Hotels into Homeless Housing

It is reported that Riverside County is making use of a vacant hotel in Corona to house homeless people.

According to ABC7, 52 units will be available for those facing homelessness in the former Ayres Lodge and Suites off the 91 Freeway.

In recent years, the county has received $12 million as part of California’s Homekey program, through which about $1.4 billion in grant funding has been made available to local governments to build homes for the homeless.

Eyewitness News was told by the Ayres Hotels that the hotel was sold to a new management company a few months ago, which then sold it to Project Roomkey.

According to reports, renovations will take several months, with housing expected to be available this winter.

A grant from the HomeKey program is also being awarded to the city of Redlands.

The award of $30 million has been given to convert a 99-room motel into affordable housing for the homeless.

The Good Nite Inn motel on Industrial Park Avenue will begin to undergo renovations once a permit has been approved.

During the first three years of operation, most of the grant will be used to cover operating costs as well as part of the cost of purchasing and renovating the property.

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