By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A downtown Sacramento motel is one step closer to being converted into permanent housing for the homeless.

Tuesday night, city council members voted to apply for about $30 million in Project Homekey funding to transform the Best Western motel at 11th and H streets into Central Sacramento Studios.

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Councilmember Katie Valenzuela says, if the state approves the funding, people could move in within the next six months.

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Back in September, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $2.75 billion expansion of the Project Homekey initiative that launched during the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The goal of the project is to create thousands of units to house people experiencing homelessness.