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$10 Million in State Funding to Address Homelessness in Riverside County
March 12, 2019
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – For the first time, just over $10 million dollars in state funding has been awarded to agencies and cities that help the homeless individuals and families in Riverside County. In issuing the funding, the state required the county to use the existing Continuum of Care structure created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to manage federal grants for homeless programs. March 4, the Riverside County Continuum of Care Board of Governance issued final awards for 18 different projects county-wide, including homeless housing projects, rental assistance, shelter repairs and youth outreach.
“This new investment from the state is very exciting,” said Natalie Komuro, Riverside County’s Deputy County Executive Officer – Homelessness Solutions. “It gives us the opportunity to accelerate the response to homelessness, particularly in areas that have historically had no homeless programs.
The funds come from the state’s Homeless Emergency and Aid Program (HEAP) ($9,302,215) and California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) ($727,119). There were 42 proposals received and 36 proposals met baseline criteria for funding. Here are a few examples of how the money will be put to use:
You’ll find details on the funding allocations HERE. The funds will be distributed starting in the spring.
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