County OKs use of ARP funds for Project Roomkey

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Yolo County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to allocate funding from the American Rescue Plan to extend a pandemic-era program for housing the homeless. Since its inception in March 2020, Project Roomkey has provided more than 75,000 nights of shelter in leased motel rooms to 787 county residents, 75 of whom have ended up permanently housed. Funding for the program runs out this week, but Tuesday’s vote by county supervisors to allocate $173,722 in ARP funds will keep it going at least through the end of July. The cities of Davis and West Sacramento are sharing the cost of the extension, with Davis contributing $105,797 and West Sacramento $67,925. Should alternative funds become available — particularly from the state — those would be used instead of the ARP money. Meanwhile, discussions will continue about how to continue longterm with providing housing to the county’s unsheltered, including through possible use of more ARP funds. The county is set to receive $42.8 million in federal rescue plan funds and has been soliciting proposals from the community on how to use that money. As of Tuesday, more than 80 proposals have been received, ranging from creation of a countywide Crisis Now program to funding affordable and supportive housing to improving county infrastructure. Limits on how the funds may be used means a number of the proposals received will not be eligible, according to county staff, largely because they lack a nexus to the pandemic. But all are up for public review and will be discussed at upcoming workshops the county has scheduled in Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland, as well as via Zoom. On Tuesday, county supervisors asked staff to look into holding additional workshops in locations such as Winters and Esparto. Workshops scheduled thus far include: * Wednesday, July 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., in Davis. RSVP via https://yolocountyarp-davis.eventbrite.com. * Thursday, July 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arthur F. Turner Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., in West Sacramento. RSVP via https://yolocountyarp-ws.eventbrite.com. Masks are required in the library and will be available if needed. * Monday, July 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Health and Human Services Bauer Building, 137 N. Cottonwood St., in Woodland. RSVP via https://yolocountyarp-woodland.eventbrite.com. * Thursday, July 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. held virtually via Zoom for all rural residents at https://yolocounty.zoom.us/j/81534172189 RSVP via https://yolocountyarp-virtual.eventbrite.com.

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