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$13.6 million homeless housing plan in Redlands moves forward

.6 million homeless housing plan in Redlands moves forward

Redlands took another step forward to convert a motel into 99 supportive housing units for the city’s neediest residents.

The City Council on Nov. 16 unanimously OK’d a contract with two nonprofits to convert the motel and run the program, and authorized staff to apply for state Project Homekey money for the plan.

The council gave staff the green light to pursue the project in September.

Plans call for Shangri-La Industries to acquire and renovate the Good Nite Inn on Industrial Park Avenue, and for Step Up On Second Street to run the facility.

The nonprofits had similar roles to help San Bernardino convert the All Star Lodge into housing with state money.

The groups will develop and manage the facility on the city’s behalf, Facilities and Community Services director Chris Boatman told the council.

The project is contingent on state funding, Boatman said, which will nearly fund the first three years. With other grants, staff anticipate the first three years will be fully funded.

The city is looking at a seven-year commitment with 70% of costs likely to be covered by grants, he said.

Boatman said he thinks the city is going to be a “strong competitor for any funding available.”

According to a written report to the council, staff estimate over the seven years the city could bring in $ 10 million through grants, rent and more. Expenses, including supportive services, will be about $ 13.6 million, leaving the city with a $ 3.6 million contribution.

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