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$585,000 in homelessness, affordable housing spending approved
February 3, 2018
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved $585,000 in homelessness and affordable housing spending Tuesday to help 80 households as part of the County of Riverside’s ongoing effort to assist more families and individuals in need.
The County of Riverside Economic Development Agency is reassigning the funds it received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to four new programs. The vote Tuesday, which was needed to reallocate the dollars, is the latest move in the County’s bid to prevent and end homelessness and to assist low-income families in need.
“By using these dollars in a targeted fashion, we’ll be able to help more families who are homeless or facing the prospect of homelessness,” said Board Chairman Chuck Washington. “The County is committed to supporting and promoting self-sufficiency for our most vulnerable residents.”
The majority of the money will go toward what’s known as the Project Home Program to provide housing services to homeless families in Riverside County. The Riverside Community Housing Corp., the County’s nonprofit housing organization, will use the $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding countywide to stabilize housing for 35 households. The money will go to services such as rent, security deposits, case management, outreach and staff salaries.
The Riverside Community Housing Corp. also will receive $250,000 in supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant funding to provide expanded rapid re-housing assistance to 25 individuals and families. The money also will go toward comprehensive homelessness services.
The Economic Development Agency’s Housing Division will receive $25,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to 10 eligible low-income households to help them with the purchase of a home.
The Economic Development Agency also will administer $10,000 through the Emergency Assistance Program to provide emergency and essential assistance and services to 10 individuals, families and households who cannot be served through other programs.
The unanimous vote Tuesday was an amendment to the County’s 2017-18 Action Plan for CDBG, ESG and HOME funding, which was approved last year by the Board.
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