Orland/Habitat for Humanity tweaks resolution

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

Late last year, the City of Orland began working with Habitat for Humanity Yuba-Sutter to turn the Orlanda Inn Motel, 827 Newville Road, into a permanent housing facility for the homeless.

By a 4-0 vote (Councilman William “Billy” Irvin being absent) the Orland City Council approved the resolution between the City of Orland and Habitat for Humanity. (See the Dec. 5, 2021, story in The Glenn County Observer, “Habitat for Humanity plans habitat for the homeless in Orland”.)

The resolution approved in December supported the submission of a grant application for up to $8 million. However, since then, state grant agency representatives have advised Habitat officials that with structure removal and construction costs not yet known, the grant application amount should be increased to $12 million.

There is no increase in financial obligation by the City of Orland. At this point and foreseeably, funding will be provided by state programs, Glenn County resources, and Habitat for Humanity resources.

Below is the revised resolution. Changes to the original resolution are indicated in bold print.

RESOLUTION NO. 2022-03 [the original resolution was NO. 2021-23 (Editor)]



A. The Department of Housing and Community Development (“Department”) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability, dated September 9, 2021 (“NOFA”), for the Homekey Program (“Homekey” or “Program”). The Department has issued the NOFA for Homekey grant funds pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 50675.1.3 (Assembly Bill No. 140 (2021-2022 Reg. Sess.), § 20.).

B. The City of Orland (“Co-Applicant”) desires to jointly apply for Homekey grant funds with Habitat for Humanity Yuba-Sutter (“Corporation”). Therefore, CoApplicant is joining Corporation in the submittal of an application for Homekey funds (“Application”) to the Department for review and consideration.

C. The Department is authorized to administer Homekey pursuant to the Multifamily Housing Program (Chapter 6.7 (commencing with Section 50675) of Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code). Homekey funding allocations are subject to the terms and conditions of the NOFA, the Application, the Department-approved STD 213, Standard Agreement (“Standard Agreement”), and all other legal requirements of the Homekey Program.


1. Co-Applicant is hereby authorized and directed to submit a joint Application to the Department in response to the NOFA, and to jointly apply for Homekey grant funds in a total amount not to exceed $12,000,000.00 [from $8,000,000.00 (Editor)].

2. If the Application is approved, Co-Applicant is hereby authorized and directed to enter into, execute, and deliver a Standard Agreement in a total amount not to exceed $12,000,000.00 [from $8,000,000.00 (Editor)], any and all other documents required or deemed necessary or appropriate to secure the Homekey funds from the Department and to participate in the Homekey Program, and all amendments thereto (collectively, the “Homekey Documents”).

3. Co-Applicant acknowledges and agrees that it shall be subject to the terms and conditions specified in the Standard Agreement, and that the NOFA and Application will be incorporated in the Standard Agreement by reference and made a part thereof. Any and all activities, expenditures, information, and timelines represented in the Application are enforceable through the Standard Agreement. Funds are to be used for the allowable expenditures and activities identified in the Standard Agreement.

4. City Manager or their designee, is authorized to execute the Application and the Homekey Documents on behalf of Co-Applicant for participation in the Homekey Program.

As reported previously in The Observer, the present Orland Inn Motel requires a great deal of attention from the Orland Police Department. It is believed that the new facility would greatly reduce the demands on law enforcement.

Councilmen also remarked that the Habitat for Humanity facility would greatly improve the appearance of the Newville Road/Highway 32 entryway to Orland.

The selection of residents, Habitat for Humanity says, would require that they meet certain qualifications. Ongoing site management would be provided.

The premises would be gated, and passcodes would be required to enter the property. In another effort to keep the “riff-raff” out, guests would have to check in.

Habitat for Humanity would own and operate the 30-residence facility, while Glenn County Health and Human Services would provide a variety of services to the residents, ranging from behavioral health to employment skills. Habitat for Humanity also has plans for a satellite administrative office in Orland and a ReStore surplus building products outlet.