Eureka, CA, 10/23/2020 – Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that Danco Communities received the first round of awards for Homekey, California’s innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
The Inn at Temescal is a 22-unit motel to be converted to permanent housing with a priority on Veterans with a VASH voucher. Operation Dignity and Danco Communities will partner as co-sponsors and create a joint-venture ownership entity to close on the property on December 2, 2020. The project includes funding from Project Homekey and the City of Oakland to upgrade, convert, and place individuals who are currently homeless and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This property has been recently remodeled and the rooms will stay very much the same. There will be 21 affordable units and be an additional ADA unit created for 2 total ADA units. There will also be a manager’s unit for a total of 22 units. There will be modifications made to the current office area including creating a warming kitchen, with stove/range, dishwasher, pantry, refrigerator and counter space, common dining area with furniture and a restroom. There will also be an office created to be shared by the onsite manager and services provider. The fencing around the property will be extended to make the property fully fenced. There will be a man gate and a 20’ sliding metal gate for pedestrian and automobile controlled access.
The Project will include on site property management and case management. The project site is close to BART and bus transit, grocery stores, medical facilities and a pharmacy.
Chris Dart, President of Danco Communities commented, “COVID-19 has had a significant impact on persons experiencing homelessness who are extremely vulnerable in contracting the disease. Furthermore, the economic impact that the pandemic has had on those offering hospitality services has been severe. Project Homekey is brilliant by design because it provides housing for those experiencing homelessness, lessening the risk of contracting and spreading the disease, while providing relief to hospitality providers and putting underutilized real estate back into function. Well done, California!”