SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- San Francisco on Monday received nearly 45 million U.S. dollars in capital and operating costs from California's Project Homekey for the city's Permanent Supportive Housing, as governor Gavin Newsom announced 236 million dollars in Homekey funding for 20 projects statewide.
Homekey, backed by 1.3 billion dollars in newly available and eligible funding through the state budget, will allow for the largest expansion of housing for people experiencing homelessness in recent history, while addressing the continuing health and social service needs of this vulnerable population from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced her Homelessness Recovery Plan, which will make 6,000 placements available for people experiencing homelessness through Coordinated Entry, including 4,500 placements in Permanent Supportive Housing.
This includes acquiring or leasing 1,500 new units of Permanent Supportive Housing over the next two years, the largest one-time expansion in the city in 20 years.
As of July 2020, San Francisco had approximately 8,000 units of Permanent Supportive Housing that provided permanent homes and services to approximately 10,000 San Franciscans.