County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

[On Tuesday], January 11, the County Board of Supervisors approved local capital matching funds in order for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara to apply for a $16 million state Homekey grant to provide permanent supportive housing for persons who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. The funds would be used to purchase the Super 8 hotel located at 6021 Hollister Avenue in Goleta. On January 5, the Goleta City Council approved $600,000 in funds toward the project’s local capital match.

If the application for approximately $16,097,500 in Homekey grant funds is awarded, the County will contribute $3,047,501 in matching funds for capital costs. The Board’s action today authorizes the County’s Community Services Department Housing Division to submit documents to the state in order to support the Housing Authority’s Homekey 2.0 application for funding.

Second District County Supervisor Gregg Hart said, “Identifying sites for permanent supportive housing can be a long and challenging process. Thanks to the dedication of the County of Santa Barbara, City of Goleta, and Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County, our community is making progress toward our goal of increasing safe and supportive housing resources for people experiencing homelessness. This project will change the lives of the individuals who are provided with housing and services, while also improving the quality of life for our entire community.”

Goleta City Mayor Paula Perotte added, “The City of Goleta is pleased to partner with Santa Barbara County and the County Housing Authority in this major step to address homelessness among our residents. I am especially pleased that preference for this housing will be for Goleta residents and veterans.”

The City’s contribution of $600,000 is from, but not limited to, its 2021 ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) allocation to the project. The City’s funding reservation for a local capital match is contingent on an award of Homekey 2.0 funding.

The County’s funds would consist of $1,500,000 of the ARPA funds previously set aside by the Board on October 19, 2021; $1,015,191 in supplemental HOME Investment Partnership Program funds made available by the American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) approved by the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara HOME Consortium on December 17, 2021; and an additional $532,309 in County ARPA or Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention Program (HHAP) funds.

The 60-unit housing project would be owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara. State HCD Homekey funds would be awarded directly to the Housing Authority. The Housing Authority must provide reasonable assurance to the state of matching contributions to cover operations and service costs for five years. The estimated cost of annual operations and services is $992,698. The Homekey application would provide an estimated $950,400 in operations funding per year for two years. The remaining operations and service costs for the first five years will be funded with tenant and Section 8 rents.  


ABOUT CALIFORNIA HOMEKEY
Homekey is a California program to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

ABOUT CITY OF GOLETA
The City of Goleta was incorporated in 2002 and is home to approximately 32,000 people and thousands of businesses. Known as the Good Land, the City of Goleta expands eight square miles nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean, offering unparalleled scenic beauty.  Goleta prides itself on its 550 acres of parks and open space making it the perfect spot to live, work and play. The City is a General Law City governed by a five-member, elected city council. For more information about Goleta, go to www.cityofgoleta.org.

ABOUT COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Housing and Community Development is a division of the County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department that utilizes federal, state, and local funding to provide a variety of public service programs and public facility projects including Affordable Housing, Grants Administration, and Redevelopment Successor Agency Housing Fund activities. For information about the County Housing and Community Development Division of the Community Services Department, go to www.countyofsb.org/housing.

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CoastWatch Jan 12, 2022 07:49 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Well, there goes Goleta... Expect the same issues and problems that are seen on the Lower East Side. If it's predictable, it's preventable. Everyone in Goleta in 5 years will be scratching their heads about what to do with regard to the increased "homeless" population- If you build it, they will come- Go figure.

sblocal1967 Jan 12, 2022 10:37 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Since this is county money - why not locate in less expensive areas like Lompoc or Santa Maria. I guess they polled the homeless and the response is they will only accept housing in a desirable area. Why not oursource our homeless to Victorville where they can be living large on the same amount of money we have to spend to put them up in SB/Goleta. Or better yet - why not put them up at the Biltmore - I hear Ty Warner is looking to sell. I am all for helping people/children who hit bad times and are actively looking to improve their situation. As a society we need to be empathetic enough to deal will with this situation. However, a beggar can not be a chooser. Most of what I see what government is doing is enabling people to continue to be takers on our society at the expense of the makers. Ideally money should be going to address root cause issues - like mental illness and drug use.

biguglystick Jan 13, 2022 10:59 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Human beings are NOT things you can 'source' out. With that kind of wording, we can all see that you are truly not "all for helping people/children who hit bad times". You put a caveat on it. Many people have hit bad times. We all have a duty to try and make this world a better place. The root cause of mental illness and drug use is genetics and poverty. With the current disparity between the wealthy and the poor, NONE OF THIS will be addressed anytime soon. We need affordable housing, healthcare and for the rich to pay their fair share. One single sweep and ultra wealthy people like Bezos, Warner and Elon Musk could fix so many things, but here we are. Billionaires shooting themselves and other rich people up in space for the day. SHAMEFUL.

Voice of Reason Jan 13, 2022 11:41 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

I think you need a few economics courses Big Ugly. Even if you took ALL the wealth from the 50 richest Americans it would only be one-time drop in the bucket. Elon's 2021 tax bill is going to be the highest individual return in the history of the US but that's still not enough? How many people do just Musk and Bezo's employ, provide health insurance for, pay payroll taxes for in the businesses they created from nothing? Most importantly, you erroneously think if only our government had more money they'd be able to solve problems like homelessness. Since when has the government throwing more money at a problem made it better? You may not be aware, but here in CA we have a budget surplus yet these problems remain. The ultrawealthy not paying more taxes isn't the reason we don't have affordable housing and healthcare.

a-1642208060 Jan 14, 2022 04:54 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Given the track record of public health and nationalized medical care in Europe, I think our tax code is a huge reason that America doesn't have healthcare for all.
And our medical business model of course. Keep in mind that Europe is also capitalistic.

sblocal1967 Jan 18, 2022 12:06 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

OK - whatever the root cause is for someone to be down and out - there is only so much money available to deal with the symptoms or root cause. My point is that is it better to put 1 person up in an area with a high cost of living or 100 people up in a place where the cost of living is much lower. Why do you not see so many homeless people in Iowa? I guess is it is not a desirable as a coastal community with lots of fee handouts. The tipping point will be coming soon - either the makers will leave and there will be no tax base to deal with the problem or some form of vigilantism will take place to deal with the 90% of slackers who overshadow the homeless people truly in need.

fitz Jan 12, 2022 10:43 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

I think this is a good location. Perhaps then they can clear out the huge encampments along the 101/union pacific fence line in the Patterson/Fairview areas, which are in full view of anyone passing on the 101. How the city/county can allow these camps to flourish is beyond me. I fully support this Housing Authority project IF and only IF the encampments are emptied and cleaned up.

Transparent Jan 12, 2022 01:38 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

@12:01 PM. Doulie's meaning is pretty clear. They are saying that you can adopt any unlikely "if" condition and then pretend you've made progress. In this case, Fitz said they support this kind of thing IF we clean up other illegal encampments. Doulie is responding that that "if" is completely implausible.

Everywhere else we have looked up and down the west coast, programs like this have only attracted more and more of the problem, and NEVER results in cleaner/safer public results. Sad as it may be, cities that have touted themselves as the progressive leaders (from Oakland to Portland to San Francisco to Berkeley to San Jose to Seattle) have seen an EXPLOSION in the problem. Their policies don't work.

yacht rocked Jan 13, 2022 09:46 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

To answer my own question, $93,381.50 for 2021-2022 Property taxes, per SB County Online Property Tax System. That's money that won't be going to schools, fire and police, among other services. It doesn't include Transient Occupancy Taxes or Sales Tax income, etc. So it goes.

Sail380 Jan 13, 2022 11:28 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

It OK Yacht Rocked, Goleta already raised our Airbnb TOT to make up for it. The county also lost out on millions of dollars in property taxes and accepted a ongoing financial liability with the gift of the San Marcos Foothill Preserve. That wont be going toward needed services either!!

Chip of SB Jan 13, 2022 04:11 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

3:40, prop 13 is a double edged sword and altering it may not increase tax revenue in the end. Voters unwittingly eliminated the exemption from re-assesment for property transfers between parents and children in the last election because it was sold as a way to help wildfire victims. Your property will be re-assessed to market rate when it is transferred to its next owner. Many people will be forced to sell family homes and properties they inherit because they can’t afford the property tax at market rate, which is why the realtors association supported prop 19. This will be a rude awakening for many who do not realize the implications this change. However, taking the next step and eliminating prop 13 protections would force many property owners to sell who are no longer wealthy enough to afford the tax in their neighborhoods. This would put significant downward pressure on property values. In addition, how could a mortgage lender evaluate your ability to afford your house expenses if there is no way to predict what property tax will cost in the future? How could a homeowner plan for retirement if there is no way to predict what property tax would cost in the future? Property values went up about 30% in the last year, imagine if your tax bill did too. Prop 13 provides stability and it is one of the big reasons why california real estate is so valuable. Because most properties change hands and get re-assessed often, the increasing values help increase tax revenue overall. Eliminating prop 13 would raise taxes on people with low assessments, but for most property owners it would result in a reduced property value and a reduced tax bill, leading to lower tax revenue overall. The declining property values would also likely put many homeowners underwater on their mortgages, leading to bankruptcies, further declines in property value, and financial crisis.

a-1642208748 Jan 14, 2022 05:05 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

LOL for real, Chip. Thanks for the mansplaining.
I'm familiar with 2020's Prop. 19.
My property will not be reassessed in my lifetime because I cannot afford to downsize, much as I may want to, and still leave a healthy estate to the non-profits in my will.
"Eliminating" Prop 13 protections will never fly, not by the electorate or any politician.
It will never happen. Changes will be incremental, if there are any at all.
I pay once a year what people pay in rent once a month. I try to make up for it by making donations and helping people survive in our town. I'm just blessed -- AKA privileged.

enough for now. Thanks for engaging.

a-1642209102 Jan 14, 2022 05:11 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

$93,000?! Only $93K?!
I am truly shocked that it is that low. Makes me feel better. Amazing that there are so few inheritors in SB County.
Wow, the entire county?! Wow. Not good. I mean I don't want to pay 15k a year or whatever, but paying less than 2k is outrageous too. Thus I help support a few low wage earners and retired, fixed income people and give thousands to food bank and rent relief, last year, and other causes.

a-1642014596 Jan 12, 2022 11:09 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

This is a good location due to the proximity of a grocery store, transportation (bus) services up and down Hollister, the large medical facility at Patterson and small town businesses (barber shops, inexpensive restaurants, employment possibilities, etc) in Old Town. Also good to see prioritization of housing for vets and Goleta residents.

PitMix Jan 12, 2022 11:13 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Meanwhile, in SB they are building 30+ tiny homes for the people "experiencing" homelessness for about $800K. Seems like a more cost effective solution, doesn't it?

https://www.independent.com/2021/11/11/grand-unveiling-for-downtown-homeless-village/

a-1642017598 Jan 12, 2022 11:59 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

60 units here for a bit over triple the cost, so no more than 1.5-2x cost per unit. Knowing new construction nowadays, I think the motel is a much smarter idea, financially. I also wonder if the City's number has been updated since COVID significantly increased material and construction costs.

PitMix Jan 12, 2022 01:30 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

11:59, where did you learn your math?
"If the application for approximately $16,097,500 in Homekey grant funds is awarded, the County will contribute $3,047,501 in matching funds for capital costs."

$19,000,000 vs $800,000, tiny homes less than 5% of the motel cost.
Not even including the staff costs to run the place.

a-1642023542 Jan 12, 2022 01:39 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Generally a three-story building will be more cost effective than many small buildings. Stack and pack. Let’s hope the Super 8 is in good repair and doesn’t need major renovation, new plumbing, etc. Will single persons each get their own room and bath, or will they share? If 120 vets can be served by this place, that seems good.

a-1642073836 Jan 13, 2022 03:37 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Just some info, for what it's worth:

https://www.grants.ca.gov/grants/homekey-2/
"Purpose:
The purpose of Homekey is to provide grant funding to eligible applicants to quickly acquire or rehabilitate or master lease a variety of housing types. Once developed, these projects will provide interim or permanent housing options for persons experiencing homelessness and who are also at risk of COVID-19.

Description:
Homekey provides funding to rapidly sustain and expand the inventory of housing for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and impacted by COVID-19. Homekey is an opportunity for local public agencies to purchase motels and a broad range of other housing types in order to increase their community's capacity to respond to homelessness and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department requires all Applicants to engage in a pre-application consultation with the Department and/or the Department of General Services (DGS) prior to submitting an application. Application consultations will be available upon the release of this NOFA and may be requested by emailing Homekey@hcd.ca.gov.

The list of eligible uses for the CRF $550 million allocation and the $50 million state General Fund allocation is as follows:i. Acquisition or rehabilitation of motels, hotels, or hostels.ii. Master leasing of properties.iii. Acquisition of other sites and assets, including purchase of apartments or homes, adult residential facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, manufactured housing, and other buildings with existing residential uses that could be converted to permanent or interim housing.iv. Conversion of units from nonresidential to residential in a structure with a certificate of occupancy as a motel, hotel, or hostel.v. The purchase of affordability covenants and restrictions for units.vi. Relocation costs for individuals who are being displaced as a result of rehabilitation of existing units.vii. Capitalized operating subsidies for units purchased, converted, or altered with funds provided pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 50675.1.1.*

*Projects seeking capitalized operating subsidies for units purchased, converted, or altered will be awarded with funds from the $50 million state General Fund allocation. The $550 million in Homekey derived from the CRF is not permitted to be used for this purpose.

Pete Stronzo Jan 12, 2022 12:54 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Prediction: the elimination of Transient Occupancy Tax from the repurposing of this motel will further incentivize the Goleta City Council to approve the two new hotels proposed to be built, one on the site of Chrushcakes on Hollister and one adjacent to Zodo's on Calle Real. The City Council will also propose an increase in sales tax after the next Council elections this November.

lovesbalot Jan 12, 2022 02:02 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Our homeless veterans deserve at least this much . Doing nothing is expensive too. ER visits and catch and release from Sheriff office is not a cost effective model . Homeless have died of cold, sleeping on the cold concrete next to the freeway. Our community is afraid of fires and other threats if we continue to do nothing. The SB County Housing Authority have done other successful projects like the Frat house they converted to help homeless. It has rules and support and it works. So grateful that this is happening . Long overdue.

letmego Jan 12, 2022 02:50 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

The answer is always "well, if we have housing more will come", and "it's too expensive here, send them to the desert", and "well, if some of the homeless are from here, they OBVIOUSLY don't want help, because they would have gotten it already."

I am aware of the Frat house conversion. It is successful. People complain that these types of programs are expensive, and well, they are. But if you want success...keeping people off the street, not starting fires...it costs money. Housing people is cheaper than the alternative, and that has been shown.

Transparent Jan 12, 2022 07:22 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Downvote a fact. That's an interesting political philosophy.

Now, facts are often marshaled in an unfaithful rhetorical context. We'll all upvote that. But a fact should never be an un-welcomed guest for those of us with the patience to talk to each other and answer each-others' questions as honestly as we can, and to the best of our capacity.

Babycakes Jan 13, 2022 10:46 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

GeneralTree: Blaming Republicans may be the answer to solving the homeless problem locally, and possibly across the nation. I agree with you that we probably would not have this problem at all if it weren't for what Ronald Reagan did sixty-plus years ago. The Republicans have stood in the way of each and every step for improving our lives, especially in California. Reagan/Wilson/Deukemajian/Arnold ruined everything. It's because of these individuals that California is in such a mess now, and for the foreseeable future. People are leaving our state in droves, and being replaced by street people, criminals, drug addicts, and the uneducated.

a-1642111100 Jan 13, 2022 01:58 PM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

Babycakes, we've had single party rule in CA for decades, most of the time with a super-majority in the legislator meaning they can do whatever they want, unopposed. Please explain how you then come the conclusion that the continued homeless problem is the fault of the party NOT in control, the party that DOESN'T have the super majority? With a super majority here in CA, how exactly have Republicans prevented anything?

Chip of SB Jan 14, 2022 08:23 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

The myth that regan closed all the mental hospitals has been pushed for many years. It’s just a phony talking g point. In. 1967, Regan signed the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act (Petris and Short being democrats) that was passed by a Democrat controlled state legislature. See link below. A lot of people like to blame this problem on Regan, but he wasn’t to blame from day 1 and the situation has only gotten worse in the 50 odd years of virtually uninterrupted Democrat control since this legislation was passed.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanterman%E2%80%93Petris%E2%80%93Short_Act

Babycakes Jan 14, 2022 08:56 AM
County to Pursue Funding to Purchase Super 8 Motel for Homeless Housing

@1:58: Just because the Democrats have had single-party rule in California for decades does not mean that they are responsible for any of our problems. It's obvious (to me anyway) that if Dems had complete/complete control, our lives would all be better for the most part. We certainly can afford a few hotels, mini-houses, etc. to house more of the less fortunate.

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