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Culver City Inks $12-Million Contract With Exodus Recovery to Manage New Housing for the Homeless

 

Culver City Council this week approved a three-year, $12-million agreement with Exodus Recovery to serve as the lead operator, supportive service provider and property manager for the two new housing facilities for the homeless on Sepulveda Boulevard.

In March, Culver City was awarded a $26.6 million Project Homekey grant from the State of California for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and operation of two motels at 3868 and 3900 Sepulveda Blvd.

Combined, the motel repurpose projects will create 39 interim housing units for people experiencing homelessness and 37 permanent supportive housing units for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, said city officials. Two of the units will be reserved for managers of the facilities.

Operations at the housing complexes will be funded by Project Homekey, LA County Department of Health Services Intensive Care Management Service, the County CEO Homeless Initiative Office and Culver City’s general fund for a period of five years, according Councilmember Alex Fisch.

Civic officials said these new housing facilities are scheduled to be completed and open by the end of 2022.

“I am thrilled,” Fisch said at Monday’s night Council meeting. “We have been working on this for more than four years.”

Project Homekey is a statewide program, administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), to rapidly expand housing for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness through a variety of housing types, including motel repurposing. To date, Project Homekey has funded 120 projects, created 5,911 units, and housed 8,264 individuals around the state, according to the Homekey program’s website. It is also supported by $1.2 billion grant from the federal government.

Interim housing will provide rooms for unhoused households to stay for up to 90 days, with extensions granted based on resident need. In addition to meals, linen and laundry services, and security, residents will have access to social services, including an on-site case manager, 24/7 health monitoring, and mental health clinicians.

Longer-term supportive housing will provide rooms for households experiencing chronic homelessness for a length of time determined by resident need and choice. The goal of supportive housing is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where formerly unhoused individuals can transition into independent community living, civic officials said.

Exodus Recovery has over 35 years of experience developing, implementing, and operating innovative behavioral, health, and substance use disorder services and programs throughout the state. Exodus will provide alternative crisis response services, outreach and engagement, clinical mental health case management, substance abuse and sobering services, tenancy support, housing navigation, bridge housing administration, and property management for the sites.

 

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