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State makes major grant to help make facility for homeless in Conejo Valley possible

California awards $27 million dollars to help with housing project for homeless in California.

$27 million state Homekey Grant making purchase of Thousand Oaks hotel for conversion into homeless housing possible.

Efforts to combat homelessness on the South Coast received a big boost, with the state committing $27 million dollars for a major homeless housing project in eastern Ventura County.

The state pledged $27 million dollars towards the purchase and conversion of a Thousand Oaks motel into a permanent supportive housing complex.

The City, and Ventura County had already committed a total of $8.4 million towards the project to buy, and remodel the Quality Inn & Suites motel into a 77 unit facility.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state funding for the Thousand Oaks project at a Los Angeles event highlighting state efforts to help deal with homelessness.

Plans call for the conversion project to be complete, and the units on Conejo Boulevard ready for use next year.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.