In October 2018, the Thousand Oaks City Council signed a county-wide Memorandum of Understanding to reaffirm that addressing homelessness in Thousand Oaks is a top priority.
Homelessness is a national humanitarian crisis and no city is immune from this issue. There are people in our community and from our community experiencing homelessness. While the City does not provide direct services, our goal is to serve as a convener, provide community leadership, and develop and implement strategies that link people with resources. We work to enforce local regulations; and to help businesses and residents understand homelessness, their role, ways to contribute, and how law enforcement can help.
Here's a Look at What We're Doing
- Submitting an application to Project Homekey for funding to establish 77 units of permanent supportive housing.
- A dedicated law enforcement team that works hand-in-hand with social service.
- City Council Ad-Hoc Committee that's taking a deep look at local issues, challenges and resources so we can understand our role and where we might have the greatest impact.
- An outreach campaign this spring that uses online and print platforms to inform, connect and mobilize the community.
- Quick links to resources specific to East Ventura County
- Service Request app (online and mobile) where users can report and map concerns on City property.
- Working closely with our partners at the County level to connect people to resources and participate in regional efforts.
The Homekey Program is a statewide effort to sustain and rapidly expand housing for persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, and who are, thereby, inherently impacted by COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Homekey Round 2 continues to build on the success of both Project Roomkey and the first round of Homekey.
The state has committed approximately $1.45 billion to the Program for FY2021-22, which is administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
The Program will make grant funding available to local public entities, including cities to acquire and convert existing buildings, including hotels, into Permanent or Interim Housing for persons experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. The funding can also be used for conversion of units from nonresidential to residential, new construction, master leasing of properties for non-congregate housing, and scattered site housing where units are dedicated to the target population. All applicants must use a housing first model.
Where are we in the process?
The City of Thousand Oaks has submitted a Project Homekey application in the amount of $24.6 million to assist persons experiencing homelessness in Thousand Oaks. The proposed project, brought forward in partnership with the County of Ventura, and ShangriLa Industries, LLC/Step Up On Second Street, Inc., will rehabilitate and convert the Quality Inn and Suites located at 12 Conejo Boulevard in Thousand Oaks into 77 units of permanent supportive housing to assist the City’s unhoused population.
The City is contributing $1.8 million from its Housing Successor Fund Budget and waiving multiple permitting fees to support the project. The County of Ventura has allocated an initial $2.5 million in HOME-ARP funds and will be considering an additional $3.3 million in CDBGDR funding once that funding becomes available in Spring 2022. In addition to the 77 units of permanent supportive housing, the fully renovated facility will also offer critical onsite wraparound services for residents. These onsite services and programs are designed to support residents in attaining or restoring a greater sense of stability and dignity in their lives, enabling them to contribute meaningfully to our community in ways that otherwise would not be possible.