Lessons From California’s Homekey Program

This event, hosted by the Terner Center, took place in April 2022.

Event description:

This program, moderated by Amy Anderson, Senior Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation and Council Member of California Interagency Council on Homelessness,  explores lessons from the first round of funding for California’s Homekey initiative, an innovative program developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to address homelessness by dramatically increasing funding for interim and permanent supportive housing, often through motel/hotel conversions.

Panelists discuss how local agencies, service providers, and nonprofit developers are implementing Homekey in regions across the state, including different approaches to using Homekey funds and providing housing and resident services. The presentation also addresses the implications for future rounds of Homekey, as well as lessons that are more broadly applicable to affordable housing and homelessness programs.


  • Tomiquia Moss, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, All Home
  • Amy Anderson, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Foundation and California Interagency Council on Homelessness Council Member (Moderator)
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Director, California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Ryan Finnigan, Senior Research Associate, Terner Center for Housing Innovation
  • Gabriel Maldonado, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TruEvolution
  • Ann Sewill, General Manager, Los Angeles Housing Department