Homeless Task Force receives $562,512 disbursement
Featured in the Calaveras Enterprise - Written by Crystal Carson
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced the first round of funding for the California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) program.
The CESH program provides funding for various activities that assist people who are faced with homelessness. Funds were authorized by Senate Bill-850 for CESH, which is administered by HCD with funding from the Building Homes and Jobs Act Trust Fund and all remaining California Emergency Solutions Grant funds.
The Continuum of Care (CoC), consisting of rural Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, received the first round of funding at $562,512.
The CoCs “are regional or local planning bodies that coordinate housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals – that help Californians through rental assistance, housing relocation, stabilization of services, outreach services and more,” according to HCD. There are 43 CoCs representing each county in California, all of which are receiving funds.
“We at the Calaveras County Health and Human Services Agency are pleased that the Central Sierra Continuum of Care, of which we are a member along with Amador, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, was successful in the application for the California Emergency solutions and Housing Program Grant,” said Kristin Brinks, director of HHSA. “We believe this funding will complement the existing and forthcoming efforts here in Calaveras County to add much-needed resources for those residents that lack stable housing.”
According to HCD, there are almost 130,000 homeless Californians who sleep in parks, under bridges or in their cars. California has responded with various funding opportunities to assist in getting these homeless Californians off the streets and into permanent, safe homes.
“We have a long way to go to address the housing needs of Californians who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness,” said HCD Director Ben Metcalf. “We have made and will continue to make authorized resources available for that purpose, and we are excited to be taking this step toward ending homelessness in California.”
The second distribution of CESH funds is anticipated to be awarded in the spring to help provide essential resources for homeless families and individuals.