Long Beach Motel 6 to be converted to affordable apartment units with wraparound services for formerly homeless residents.

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The Motel 6 Long Beach site located at 5665 East 7th Street will be purchased and serve as an Interim Shelter site before being converted to permanent supportive housing.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn approved plans to purchase four motels in her district, including one in Long Beach, and convert them to supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents. The projects are part of the state’s Project Homekey effort to protect the state’s homeless residents who are at high risk for serious illness due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in the middle of dual crises– an ongoing homeless crisis and a pandemic that threatens the lives of people living on our streets,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “We need to act with the urgency that both crises demand. With the State’s funding and support, we are transforming motels across my district into affordable apartments with wraparound services. This model is quicker and less expensive than building new housing from scratch.”

Of the eight Project Homekey projects approved in LA County so far, four are in Supervisor Hahn’s Fourth District. Hahn has long advocated for hotel/motel conversions as a way to quickly and efficiently create much-needed supportive housing to address the ongoing homelessness crisis.

The projects approved today include ones in Long Beach, Norwalk, Hacienda Heights, and unincorporated Whittier with a total of 354 units.

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The Motel 6 Long Beach site located at 5665 East 7th Street will be purchased for $5,615,000. It includes 43 rooms. This site will initially serve as an Interim Shelter site before being converted to permanent supportive housing. This site will be run by the Department of Health Services’ Housing for Health program and will have 24/7 security, housing navigation, medical and specialized mental health services on site. The County of Los Angeles will continue to provide supportive health and mental health services to the residents of this site after it is renovated into permanent supportive housing units.

The County will renovate acquired motels so they can be used for permanent housing. Renovations will include various improvements, including the addition of kitchens and other amenities. At each site residents will be able to access on-site supportive services to address physical health, mental health, and other needs.

Each motel will initially be used as interim housing for individuals at high risk during the pandemic before the work is done to transform it into permanent supportive housing units. Shelter operations will be overseen by either the LA County Department of Health Services’ (DHS’) Housing for Health Program or the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). DHS and LAHSA will contract with homeless service providers experienced in operating interim housing facilities. All sites will provide meals on-site and 24/7 security. Participants will agree to a code of conduct that will be enforced by site staff. Homeless service providers will offer case management services to help connect interim housing participants with permanent housing and other supportive services.

Funding for the purchase and operation of these motels comes from the State’s CARES Act dollars. Funding from the County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund will be used to renovate each motel in order for it to be converted to permanent supportive housing.