North Natomas hotel will become housing for homeless families under plan approved by City Council

A hotel in North Natomas will become a shelter for families experiencing homelessness under a plan approved by the City Council Tuesday.

The Council voted to submit an application to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for $35 million in funds through the state’s Homekey program. It is one of the first applications to be submitted statewide for the latest round of Homekey funding.

City Council members also approved $9 million for the project from its American Rescue Plan stimulus funding and its federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) proposes to use the funding to turn the Staybridge Suites Hotel, 140 Promenade Circle, into 117 units of transitional and permanent housing for families and individuals. The facility would offer supportive services.

Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, who spearheaded the project with SHRA, said families could begin moving in by March. The Vista Nueva project will have 110 rooms for families, meaning it could house at least 300 women and children and possibly more, depending on family size.

Vista Nueva would be the second hotel conversion by the City of Sacramento using Homekey funds. Last year the city opened the La Mancha permanent supportive housing complex in the structure formerly occupied by the Woodspring Suites in south Sacramento.

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