Supervisors accept nearly $12 million in federal funds for the homeless
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to receive nearly $12 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help those who are homeless or at risk of being.
The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act, which Congress passed in March 2021 to help Americans struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the office of board chairman Nathan Fletcher, the money will help develop about 100 permanent housing units by working with existing projects to create more units within them, affordable housing.
“Today we have taken another step in the right direction when it comes to addressing the housing and homelessness crises,” Fletcher said in a statement.
Fletcher said the county is “using every available resource to keep people in their homes and to keep people who are already on the streets away from them.”
HUD allocated the money to local governments through its HOME Investment Partnership program.
On April 8, 2021, HUD awarded the county $11.8 million in HOME-ARP funds. In turn, the county had to identify its funding needs and priorities and then submit them to HUD as an amendment to its plan for the 2021-22 fiscal year, Fletcher’s office said.
David Estrella, director of housing and developmental services for the county, said the proposal “supports the county’s framework for ending homelessness.”
At Tuesday’s board meeting, supervisor Joel Anderson asked if the money could also be used to help homeless shelter projects already underway, and Estrella said it could.
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