Homelessness In Riverside County: Feds Annouce $15.8M In Funding

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA

The local award is part of $601.4 million in federal funding to tackle California’s homelessness.

Toni McAllister | Patch

Organizations across Riverside County will see a total of more than $15 million in federal funding to tackle homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday.

The federal allotment for Continuum of Care programs is part of nearly $3.16 billion nationwide and $601.4 million across California. In Riverside County, 20 organizations across the region will see a total of $15,778,955 coming.

The amount is lower than in neighboring counties. Los Angeles County and its cities will see more than $195 million; San Diego County just over $37 million; Orange County $34.3 million; and San Bernardino County nearly $17 million.

The $3.16 billion national allotment represents the largest-ever amount of Continuum of Care program funding awarded to communities to address homelessness and “provides a critical expansion of resources at a time when rates of homelessness are rising in most communities,” according to HUD officials. “The historic awards we are announcing today will expand community capacity to assist more people in obtaining the safety and stability of a home, along with the supports they need to achieve their life goals,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said.

The grants were awarded on an application basis. “Successful applicants demonstrated their community-wide commitment to ending homelessness by highlighting local partnerships with health agencies, mainstream housing agencies, and others.

Many communities are particularly focused on reducing unsheltered homelessness through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach,” HUD officials said. On a statewide basis, California received the largest award followed by New York at $303 million, Texas at $161.9 million, Illinois at $158.2 million, Ohio at $153.5 million, Pennsylvania at $148 million, Florida at $133.8 million, Massachusetts at $124.9 million, and Washington at $110.7 million.

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