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Homeless service providers awarded $6.9 million in grants

DBH_Version2_FullColorA combination of funding for new and renewed project grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide homeless service agencies, throughout San Bernardino County, with more than $6.9 million to provide transitional, permanent housing and rapid re-housing to countless numbers of homeless individuals and families who might otherwise be living on the streets.

On January 26, 2015, HUD announced the award of over $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.

“This type of funding is what San Bernardino County needs. Turning a blind eye to homelessness hurts our communities and can be up to five times more costly than providing permanent supportive housing programs like those funded through this $6.9 million grant,”  Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, said.

HUD’s decision to fund these new programs will bring over $6.9 million directly to all 24 cities and unincorporated areas within San Bernardino County to fund two new rapid re-housing projects, 18 existing projects, and a local planning grant. Agencies implementing these projects include Central City Lutheran Mission, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Foothill Family Shelter, Frazee Community Center, Global One Development, House of Prayer-Gospel Outreach Ministries Inc., Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, Inland Temporary Homes, Inland Valley Hope Partners, Knowledge Education and Your Success (KEYs), Life Community Development, New Hope Village, Salvation Army-San Bernardino, Time For Change Foundation, and U.S. Vets-United States Veterans Initiative.  In addition to housing services, CoC grants fund a wide range of activities including, street outreach, assessments, mental health counseling, employment counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.

“The need in our county is great. We know it and the federal government knows it,” Chairman James Ramos said. “I am proud HUD shares our vision of ending homelessness in San Bernardino County and has awarded us funds that will help provide housing to many of our homeless residents. Together we can bring hope to those who are lost and help them find a place in this great county to call home.”

If you would like more information regarding Homeless Services offered in San Bernardino County please contact the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8297 and/or visit our website at www.sbcounty.gov/SBCHP.

12 thoughts on "Homeless service providers awarded $6.9 million in grants"

  1. Tonisha payne says:

    I’m a single mom of two girls that moved in with a friend to help her with her six kids in now she moving out in leaving me in my Sister she have one baby girl.she leaving us with all the bills in the back rent in we can not afford it cause we are on the County in I also do Child care on the side we just need help to relocate to Arizona to better are I’m to fine a job are if you can help us fine something out here that with be fine too you can email me at paynetonisha@gmail.com are call me at 3236061892 thanks

    1. Hi Tonisha, please contact our Workforce Development Department for information on jobs that may be available throughout the county. https://www.csb-win.org/vosnet/Default.aspx If you need other types of assistance, please call 2-1-1 so you may be directed to the appropriate department. Good luck to you and your family!

  2. I. V says:

    To whom it may concern,

    My family and i we been homeless and we are sleeping in our car. Please we ask you for your help, we are not bad people or criminals or thieves or addicts.. we are a happily married couple with 2 daughters (9yo-19mo). We recently (Oct 21st, 2015 ) we went through a family loss with the result in our current situation.. please we need a place to stay as soon as possible such as assistance/ help with security deposit/ Xtimes (rent) till we will be able to get back to our feet and start working so that there will be 2 incomes and be able to take care of our obligations as I mentioned above..!

    Please we really need your help.

    1. Hi John, please call 2-1-1 and you will be provided with information on how to obtain assistance for you and your family.

  3. Trina cartet says:

    Iam homeless been living on the street for a minute.. Can i please get some help with HUD its just me i get SSI.

    1. Hi Trina, please call 2-1-1 for services and resources. Take care.

  4. Breanna says:

    Me and my boyfriend we are currently staying in motels with our newborn son but the vouchers are soon to be up in a few days we have been looking everywhere for apartments but our limit the county gave us for a housing voucher is 439 and we can’t find anything at all I don’t want my son out in the cold

    1. Breanna please call 2-1-1 for assistance.

  5. Lisa says:

    Hello,

    As I read all the different situations
    of our homeless families within the community, it saddens me to vision the poverty level and financial crises during your hardships, My heart goes out to each & every individual,

    I am at disbelief to read the systematic, automatic programmed response “call 211”
    at least design a different format response, and personally if 211 can share a few relief stories informing the public of a percentage rate in succeeding the goals of homeless needs by providing homes, jobs, counseling, workshops ETC.

    i have been fortunate and blessed with the knowledge, skill, motivation and desire to start my own business in helping our homeless community to the fullest and creating a timeline {voluntarily} in tracking the processes and transition of homeless recipients to homeowners, giving hope, trust and inspiration to the business.

    I will have the business up & running by next year, NO LATER!
    due to project already in the making just finishing up a few loose ends,

    please kit…llisahenry2272@gmail.com

    1. Hi Lisa, we’re sorry if you thought that was an automated response. We are just trying to give people a quick way to get help right away without having to call around to several places for help since 2-1-1 offers a variety of services at a one-stop shop. Thank you for the feedback and good luck with your business!

  6. Karma says:

    Wow i can just scream . All of this money to help the homeless and look who you have working behind the desk.. a bunch of racist people who don’t have a generous bone in their body who keep these programs unattainable. 211 I laugh at that ..I really wonder who is responding to these messages with all this false hope. Keep it real with people you guys are found a way to keep that money for yourselves

    1. Hi Hazel, please contact us if there is something we can help you with or if you would like to your concerns addressed. Here is a link to contact at the Office of Homeless Services: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/about-sbchp/staff-contacts/

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