Hotels to Housing Case Studies

July 20, 2021  |  Publications

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous states and localities successfully expanded their housing capacity by rapidly acquiring hotels and motels and converting them into permanent housing. The following case studies outline some of the most noteworthy hotels-to-housing initiatives across the country. Each document includes an overview of the funding sources that were implemented, the administrative approach that guided the initiative, and the overall project development process. They also include an assessment of the key success factors and the major lessons learned for each effort.

CaliforniaHomekey: California's Statewide Hotels-to-Housing Initiative (PDF)

Sources of Funding: Federal, State, Local, Philanthropic
Number of Units Created: 6066 units; 95 projects; 51 communities
Administrative Model: State Agency administered; local public entity implementation
Program Outcomes: 4.5% of Homeless Households (2020 PIT count)

OregonProject Turnkey: Oregon's Statewide Hotels-to-Housing Initiative (PDF)

Sources of Funding: State, Local
Number of Units Created: 867 units; 19 projects; 13 counties
Administrative Model: Statewide private foundation administered; local public & private implementation
Program Outcomes: 7% of Homeless Households (2020 PIT count)

VermontVermont Housing & Conservation Board Coronavirus Relief Fund: Vermont's Statewide Hotels-to-Housing Initiative (PDF)

Sources of Funding: Federal, State, Local
Number of Units Created: 247 units; 13 projects; 13 communities
Administrative Model: State Agency administered; local public & private implementation
Program Outcomes: 30% of Homeless Households (2020 PIT count)