HUD funding to help homeless


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Jan. 26 awarded nearly $149 million for 193 previously funded homeless assistance programs in the nine-county Bay Area.

The funds provided through HUD's Continuum of Care Program total $381 million for 694 local programs in California.

San Jose, Santa Clara and Santa Clara County received $38.4 million for 27 projects. San Francisco received $40.7 million for 53 homeless projects, while Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda County received $33.5 million for 38 projects.

Other Bay Area awards include $15 million given to Richmond and Contra Costa County for 19 projects; $11.4 million to Daly City and San Mateo County for 15 projects; $4 million to Marin County for nine projects; $3.4 million to Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma County for 14 projects; $1.1 million to Vallejo and Solano County for 11 projects; and $718,000 to Napa and Napa County for seven projects.

HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs awarded the funds immediately after the reopening of the federal government Friday, Jan. 25.

Continuum of Care funding supports interventions to assist homeless individuals and families living in areas not meant for habitation or who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

HUD has called for a shift in funds from underperforming projects to new ones that are based on the best practices to prevent and end homelessness.

HUD serves more than a million people a year through emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs, HUD's San Francisco Regional Office spokesman Eduardo Cabrera said.

In December, local communities reported homelessness in the country remained largely unchanged in 2018, with nearly 553,000 people enduring homelessness on a single night in 2018.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties conducted their homeless counts.

The number of homeless veterans across the country has declined 5.4 percent since January 2017 and by 49 percent since 2010, HUD officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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