California will utilize $100 million fund to convert Norcal hotels to homeless housing

According to a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle, California will utilize a $100 million dollar fund to convert northern California hotels into permanent housing for the homeless.

The program has attracted 20 applicants but none of the hotels that applied are located in San Francisco.

The California DOH and Community Development is utilizing $100 million from $550 million received from the federal Coronavirus relief fund in an apparent effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 with this move.

Tourism has plummeted in San Francisco leaving many hotel owners concerned about whether they can ride out the pandemic, with some considering selling their properties.

According to the Chronicle, San Francisco Mayor London Breed “has several divisions, including the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, scouting for prospective properties, and Supervisor Aaron Peskin played a leading role in convincing the owner of a 237-room residential hotel in his northeastern district to submit an application on Friday.”

“Every once in awhile, things line up right,” Peskin said. “This is great news.”