SAN DIEGO–More than $14 million is going to local programs that help homeless people and families deal with challenges such as mental illness, disabilities and domestic violence.
The San Diego County Department of Housing and Community Development applied for the funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Supportive Housing Program on behalf of the region earlier this year. The County identified the greatest needs in the community by working with local governments and nonprofit agencies.
The HUD grants are awarded competitively to local programs that provide transitional and permanent housing services for homeless individuals and families. This year’s award represents renewal funding for 52 projects throughout the county sponsored by a variety of agencies that provide services including housing, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and childcare.
The county is also awaiting HUD’s review of four new projects sponsored by People Assisting the Homeless, North County Solutions for Change, Generate Hope, and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
The proposed projects would provide long-term housing and support services for homeless people and families and homeless survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.
HUD is expected to announce awards for these new housing projects in early 2012.
The public can find more information about homeless resources on the Housing and Community Development website at www.sdcounty.ca.gov/sdhcd.