16 Native American communities to receive homeless housing funding 

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California Construction News staff writer

California tribal nations will use $47 million in new funding to build affordable housing.

The awards include $20 million in tribal homeless assistance grants from the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) and four Homekey awards from the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to fund 75 homes for members of four tribes, including homeless youth.

“California is investing in getting people off the streets and into safe housing throughout the state with a particular focus on Native Americans and populations disproportionately impacted by homelessness,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.

The following projects received HHAP grants:

  • The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Lakeport – $5.2 million to create 65 housing units along with classrooms and support spaces for youth experiencing homelessness in Lake and Mendocino Counties.
  • The Cahto Tribe of Laytonville Rancheria – $2.6 million to create a wellness and resource center in Mendocino County.
  • The Round Valley Indian Tribes, Covelo – $2.5 million to expand infrastructure to support new permanent housing for tribal members in need.
  • The Pit River Tribe, Burney – $2.4 million to support rapid rehousing, services coordination and homelessness prevention efforts.
  • The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, Santa Rosa – receive $1.2 million to improve data collection efforts and systems that serve tribal members experiencing homelessness.
  • The Tolowa Di Nee’ Nation, Smith River –  $1 million to support rapid rehousing and case management for tribal members along the North Coast of California and South Coast of Oregon.
  • San Pascual Band of Mission Indians, Valley Center – $790,000 to assist tribal members experiencing homelessness.
  • Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me Wuk Indians, Jamestown – $630,000 to support interim shelter and street outreach in Tuolumne County.
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians – $610,000 to support housing efforts on the reservation.
  • The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria – $610,000 for transitional shelter.
  • Yurok Tribe, Klamath – $570,000 to assist with rapid rehousing.
  • Torres Martinez Desert Band of Cahuilla, Thermal – $540,000 to support housing, shelter and services.
  • Wilton Rancheria, Elk Grove – $460,000 to assist tribal members experiencing homelessness.
  • Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, Loleta – $340,000 for rapid rehousing.
  • Guideville Rancheria, Talmage – $250,000 to construct 16 units for youth.
  • Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake – $250,000 to support housing efforts.

The Homekey awards announced today include:

  • Wiyot Tribe – $14 million to purchase, convert and operate an office building and two single-family Victorian-style homes into 39 interim and permanent units serving homeless youth.
  • Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians – $6.6 million to buy and renovate 15-apartment complex in Lakeport.
  • Guidiville Indian Rancheria – $4.6 million for the construction and operations of 16 new units in Ukiah.
  • Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority – $1.9 million for the new construction of four permanent affordable homes in Hopland.

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