The Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday the availability of $240 million from the Camp Resolution Fund grant program, part of a two-year, $700 million program to close camps and secure housing and shelter for the homeless.
“We have made unprecedented progress since 2019, building more than 12,000 new homeless housing units through Homekey and housing more than 60,000 people through Project Roomkey. Today, $240 million is at stake to make our streets cleaner and safer, and to clean up encampments and get people into homes and shelters," Newsom said.
Over the past two years, the state has awarded $97.5 million in grants to close camps and get people housing and shelters, serving more than 2,800 homeless people in 26 cities and counties across the state.
“People living in camps need safe, stable homes and access to resources to successfully emerge from homelessness. By combining intensive outreach services with housing resources, we are reducing homelessness throughout California, as people in encampments often accept permanent housing and services when offered,” said the Business Secretary. , Consumer Services and Housing ?BCSH?, Lourdes Castro Ramírez.
Of the total funding currently available, up to $150 million will be prioritized for projects that serve people living in encampments on state rights-of-way, such as roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Cities, counties, and continuums of care may apply to fund projects that take a person-centered approach to provide housing and services to homeless people in encampments.
Applicants must include a detailed service delivery plan that demonstrates a clear path to housing for people residing in the camp, while addressing their immediate health and safety needs.
BCSH will begin accepting applications for ERF grants immediately and will continue to accept them until funds run out, or June 30, 2023, whichever comes first.
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