The city of Yuba City has had an amazing opportunity presented to them. Habitat for Humanity has proposed purchasing the Bonanza Inn hotel to convert it to apartment-style permanent housing units. This affordable housing project would be fully paid for using funds from the State of California, via California’s “Homekey” grant program.

The Homekey program was designed to assist cities and counties that have been suffering from lack of affordable housing. This program was first implemented in 2021 and has helped numerous communities convert hotels into housing. Project “Homekey 2.0” now allows for local municipalities to apply for additional programmatic dollars to ensure there is funding to support this program for years to come. This opportunity is significantly enhanced from the previous round of funding, allowing for Habitat to renovate the existing building by upgrading the exterior fencing, adding landscaping, and creating an esthetic curb appeal for the neighborhood. 

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