Sacramento City Council requests $ 35 million in homekey funding to buy a hotel for homeless families – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A hotel in the north of Natomas will soon become a shelter for the homeless.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sacramento City Council members agreed to submit a $ 35 million application for funding for the new Vista Nueva project.
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But why such a high price? There are a couple of factors that determine price, most of which have to do with real estate. But Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby says the difference this will make for families in our area is worth every penny.
“This project will be the city’s first property specifically designed to meet the needs of families affected by homelessness,” said Ashby.
The old Staybridge Suites hotel is preparing for a new purpose.
“It has 110 rooms and we are going to convert 100 of the rooms into permanent supportive accommodation,” she said. “And then 10 of the rooms will be emergency shelters.”
Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby has spearheaded the project to meet growing community needs.
“Hundreds of children sleep on our streets every night,” said Ashby.
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Around 300 people could be accommodated here and have access to a long list of social services. But the $ 35 million it takes to get the homekey program up and running, which is federally funded. Government approval is still required.
The city is confident that approval will be granted by the end of the year.
But why the high price?
“The high price comes for two reasons: on the one hand we buy the hotel … and on the other hand the hotel is in Natomas.” As they say with real estate: location, location, location. “
The hotel also needs some renovation work, including offices and a playground. But Ashby claims it is a small price to pay to ensure families in need are not forgotten.
“This means that people are being housed with full service … and I think intuitively people know that this has a better chance of actually helping,” she said.
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When could people possibly move in? Ashby says it could be as early as March.