Mass. Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is providing us with this timely conversation that is relevant for our own communities as new federal resources become available:
Learn about the potential of hotel/motel conversion from Philip Mangano, who is working throughout California and with other states, developers, and providers to advance this model through public-private partnership, and Tod Lipka, President and CEO of Step Up, a leader on this model. MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn and MHSA Senior Director of Policy & Programs Joyce Tavon will join Philip Mangano and Tod Lipka for a timely discussion.
Thursday, April 29
2 pm – 3 pm
The increasing number of the most vulnerable and disabled individuals living long-term on the streets and languishing in shelters is only likely to grow as we continue to experience the aftershock effects of the pandemic across the nation. But the current housing development system will need new strategies to accelerate the development of safe, supportive housing.
California’s Project HomeKey provides a new record of success, with lower costs and faster results, awarding funding for cities and counties to acquire and convert hotels/motels into an estimated 6,600 permanent housing units, in most cases within a year. $5 billion in new federal HOME dollars now allocated by the American Rescue Plan allows for the conversion of hotels and motels to permanent supportive housing.