ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – Today, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, who serves as Chair of the Orange County Housing Finance Trust, joined California Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento, Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens, and Chair Richard Owens of the Housing Working Group for the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative for a press conference to highlight the Motel 6 Project Homekey Conversion Project in Costa Mesa and the success of Homekey in Orange County.
“Shelter is temporary, housing ends homelessness. Since launching ‘Project Homekey in a Box,’ the County of Orange brought forward 328 Homekey units, turning blighted motels into communities of hope,” said Supervisor Katrina Foley. “Orange County’s investment continues with $25.7 Million in new funding available through the Orange County Housing Finance Trust for housing development announced just yesterday. Thank you to Governor Gavin Newsom for his unprecedented investment to build affordable and permanent supportive housing through the innovative Project Homekey program.”
With Supervisor Foley’s advocacy, the Board of Supervisors approved funding for the Motel 6 conversion project through each phase of construction. When elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2021, Supervisor Foley immediately worked with county staff to create, “Project Homekey in a Box,” which offered cities much needed technical assistance to apply for and secure Project Homekey awards.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.
Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), OCFA Legislation & Public Affairs Committee Chair, Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), TCA Joint Environmental Committee, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, Ocean Institute, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Community Engagement Panel, Spent Fuel Solutions Coalition Co-Chair, Law Library Board of Trustees, Orange County Housing Finance Trust, Local Agency Formation Commission (alt), Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and OC Public Libraries Advisory Board.