Riverside and San Bernardino Counties will share a combined $20 million in federal funding to help in the regional battle against homelessness.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded two billion dollars in grant support to more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs across the country. Called Continuum of Care grants, the funding is intended to provide necessary support to local programs serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
HUD has continued to challenge state and local planning organizations identified as “Continuums of Care” to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. According to HUD, many of these state and local planners also embraced the agency’s call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
When the awards were announced, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson said, “HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors. We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets.”
Also noted during this announcement was the HUD officials’ keen awareness of the significant increase in the number of reported persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness, particularly in California and other high-cost rental markets that continue to experience a significant shortage of affordable housing.
To view a list of nonprofit organizations assisting the homeless in your area who will benefit from these grants, please visit https://www.hudexchange.info/onecpd/assets/File/2017-california-coc-grants.pdf.