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S.F. hotel near Union Square to be converted to homeless housing with state grant

California provided funding for four more homeless housing projects in the Bay Area on Friday, including the conversion of a 130-room hotel in San Francisco.

a sign in front of a building: The Hotel Diva near Union Square in San Francisco will be converted supportive housing for homeless people using a $29 million grant from the state.

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The Hotel Diva near Union Square in San Francisco will be converted supportive housing for homeless people using a $29 million grant from the state.

The projects were included in a sixth round of grants for Homekey, a state program using federal coronavirus relief money to buy hotels, motels and vacant apartment buildings that can quickly be turned into supportive housing for homeless people


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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the awards during a visit to San Jose to tout the Legislature’s recent approval of an additional $200 million for the program. The state originally put $600 million toward the effort in the budget in June.

Homelessness “was our preexisting condition before the pandemic of COVID-19,” Newsom said during a news conference. “We are not walking away from our commitment, not taking our eye off the ball at all.”

About $709 million has now been awarded to 78 projects across 45 cities and counties, Newsom said, which will ultimately provide 5,068 units of housing.

But that accounts for just a fraction of California’s homeless population, which surged to more than 151,000 people in the most recent count last year, including more than 108,000 who are unsheltered. The pandemic may have driven that higher as millions of people lost their jobs.

In recent months, California rented more than 16,000 hotel and motel rooms for homeless people who were exposed or were particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. Now that program, known as Project Roomkey, is coming to an end across the state, raising concerns that many of those people could wind up back on the streets.

“None of us suggested that we could match that in terms of permanency, but we are committed to each and every individual,” Newsom said. “We’re working with every single county, every jurisdiction that’s in partnership with Project Roomkey to identify the answer.”

San Francisco received a $29 million grant from the state Friday to buy the Hotel Diva near Union Square and convert it to permanent housing with supportive services. It is San Francisco’s second Homekey award, after a $45 million grant that the city received last month to buy the Granada Hotel, a 232-room single resident occupancy building.

“We pursued additional Homekey state funding to ensure that the thousands of people who have been in our emergency housing during this public health crisis exit into stable housing placements,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement.

The state gave Oakland more than $17 million Friday for two projects — one to buy the former Hotel Travelers downtown, which has 82 single resident occupancy units, and another to convert the Inn at Temescal, a motel near where Interstates 580 and 980 merge, into 21 units of supportive housing, with a priority for veterans. The city received another $20 million last month to buy a former college dormitory

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Allentown gets grant to help boost outdoor recreation | Lehigh Valley Regional News

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Cindy Adams Dunn, the Secretary for Pennsylvania’s District of Conservation and Natural Resources, was in Allentown on a day she handed out 31 state grants totaling $7 million. All are aimed at providing more trails throughout the state, and nearly 40 new miles will be added with the funds.

“It is phenomenal. We haven’t constructed a trail in a number of years,” said Allentown Director of Parks and Recreation Karen El-Chaar.

She says that will change as the city received a $500,000 grant to complete 1.8 miles of the Jordan Creek Greenway.

It “provides pedestrians and bicyclists the opportunity to follow the trail and take you into Whitehall,” she described.

The trail, which also runs on the road, will start at the 200 block of North Turner. It will go through Jordan Park, and onto MacArthur Road, getting users closer to Jordan Parkway. This comes as the city is looking to raise $5.5 million for Auburn Cross Trails located at 4th and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The 22 acres would act as a trail link through the city.

“This Jordan Park Greenway is emblematic of the trail system here in Pa. and how it connects communities,” Dunn said.

Dunn says the goal is to have all Pennsylvanians within a 10-minute car ride to a trail.

The D&L Trail also got a $500,000 grant to close a gap in Northampton County, helping to connect its more than 140-mile trail through the state.

It’s all a needed outlet. Dunn says state park use in September had an increase of a million people compared to last year. This follows the trend of people needing the outdoors during the pandemic.

“This has shown us how essential spending time outdoors and walking is for people, especially under stress,” she said.

Allentown hopes to start the trail construction by late summer and be finished in 2022. The ultimate goal is to connect center city with the Trexler Nature Preserve.

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‘Paterson Village’ Announces $2 Million Grant to Academic Support, Counseling Services, Recreation Activities at Two City Schools

PATERSON, NJ  – A $2 million, five year, federal grant awarded to the Paterson Education Fund (PEF) will benefit students at two Paterson public schools, officials announced Thursday at Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School.

The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program, will be used primarily to provide academic support services, youth recreation activities, and counseling services for students both at the Lautenberg School and at Public Schools No. 15. 

“The announcement we are making today is the embodiment of the phrase, ‘It takes a village,’” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer. “People from all over our village, the City of Paterson, have come together to secure this federal funding and implement programs to help our students academically succeed during these challenging times of the pandemic. This funding provides resources for the dynamic educators and organizations involved to do all they can for our students. I am deeply grateful to everyone who helped secure this funding, and all who will see to its good use.” 

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Shafer’s comments were backed up by no only the presence of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) and representatives of the Paterson Education Fund, the Paterson Alliance, the New Destiny Family Success Center, and St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation, but also by the fact that those same non-profits will join together to help implement the grant funded initiatives. 

“As a former educator, I know well that our education system is the cornerstone of society. Wherever we go as a community, as a state, as a country, and as a civilization depends on our commitment to education,” said Rep. Pascrell. “As this virus has upended our communities, protecting an equal playing field for our students is essential. The resources provided by this federal investment will change countless lives and be the start of something of special in Paterson school hallways. There’s nothing more important than that.” 

PEF Executive Director Rosie Grant said that the effort to secure the funding has been collaborative from the start and that all the partners worked together for the past year to build a sustainability plan. “It’s wonderful that this first fruit of our labor will benefit the children and families of Senator Frank Lautenberg and School 15!”

“Everyone wins when we put children at the center,” she added. 

The grant funding will be used to provide students at the two schools with academic supports such as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) enrichment, an afterschool program that will run Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a summer program that will run for approximately four weeks in July.  

“This shows the strength of the Paterson Alliance, with support from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. We bring together partners – in this case the Paterson Education Fund, New Destiny Family Success Center, St.

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