Partners Receive $1.1 million for Big Bear Lake Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

FOR IMMEDIATE USE: October 26, 2020

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Partners Receive $1.1 Million for Housing in Big Bear Lake

San Bernardino County, CA – On October 23, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom announced that partners Mountain Homeless Coalition and the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino received $1.1 million in the sixth round of awards for Homekey. California’s innovative $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties and convert them into permanent long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

This funding will fund the acquisition and rehabilitation of 8 short-term vacation cabins in Big Bear Lake, CA, two of which will be manufactured homes. These cabins will become permanent homes for families and individuals experiencing homelessness, with priority given to elderly individuals with disabilities who are at risk of health complications from COVID-19.

“We are honored to receive this much needed funding to provide affordable housing in a remote portion of San Bernardino County. We look forward to converting these rental cabins into future homes,” states Maria Razo, HACSB’s Executive Director.

Daniel Pensabene, President of Mountain Homeless Coalition stated, “The Homekey award will provide housing for formerly homeless individuals and families. We are pleased to receive the funding.”

Governor Newsom announced Homekey in June and made $600 million in funding available. Of that, $550 million to cities and counties is provided by California’ s direct allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Funds. To learn more about the Homekey funded projects, please visit

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino is one of the nation’s most progressive housing authorities in the Country. As the largest provider of affordable housing in the County, we proudly serve over 26,000 people, most of whom are seniors, veterans, disabled individuals, and children. We also work on connecting our families with additional resources needed to achieve their personal goals. For more information, please visit:

The Mountain Homeless Coalition endeavors to reach, inform, serve and house our neighbors experiencing homelessness and to educate our mountain residents on their needs. For more information, please visit:,