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KCHC Submits $5m HUD Homelessness Grant

11/18/2015

REVISED 11/20/15:

Each year the local Continuum of Care (CoC) for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), known locally as the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC), submits a consolidated application for funding. 24 New and renewing grants were submitted November 18, 2015 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year to support efforts to end homelessness. While not all members of the Collaborative choose to submit applications, these funds are a large component of a full range of wraparound housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

KCHC submitted the local application to for the 2016-2017 funding year, in the amount of $5million as part of $1.89 billion nationally that HUD has made available to Continuums of Care that are local coordinators of housing and services for homeless families and individuals.

The process of funding is conducted through a public announcement of funding opportunity, letters of interest submitted by members of the KCHC, a ranking and review process (by a non-conflicting panel appointed by newly organized non-conflicting Governing Board).

2015 HUD Application (Part 1 of 3)

2015 HUD Application Attachments (Part 2 of 3)

2015 HUD Project Prioritization (Part 3 of 3)

HUD's emphasis will be reflected in the coming months in the ongoing efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness, with increasing endeavors to address homeless families and youth (age 18 to 24). The KCHC application includes renewal projects and new projects that will provide continued momentum towards ending homelessness across Kern. “We are seeing substantial change,” said Christine Lollar, Director of Homelessness Resources for United Way of Kern County (UWKC), the Collaborative Applicant and Fiscal Sponsor for the KCHC.

The HUD CoC application included funding requests for: transitional housing, emergency shelter,  permanent supportive housing vouchers, domestic violence shelter, HIV/AIDs shelter; and support services such as job training, case management, behavioral health and wellness, substance abuse treatment, benefits application support, legal services, education and work experience, financial literacy, childcare, transportation, and the many facets that lead to housing stability – and helping people become housed and self-sufficient.

The Collaborative, a network of more than two dozen nonprofit service providers, businesses, nonprofit, government and faith based organizations, volunteers and formerly homeless individuals, all work together to focus on collective, community resolutions. Lollar is quick to point out that this is only one facet of the Collaborative’s work and that all mainstream resources of funding (in addition to HUD) jointly help to eliminate homelessness. Other funding contributors include the Department of Health Care Services, Emergency Food and Shelter funds, the Office of Education, and the Department of Labor (and nearly all of them have different federal definitions of homelessness.)

The HUD CoC application included funding requests for: transitional housing, emergency shelter,  permanent supportive housing vouchers, domestic violence shelter, HIV/AIDs shelter; and support services such as job training, case management, behavioral health and wellness, substance abuse treatment, benefits application support, legal services, education and work experience, financial literacy, childcare, transportation, and the many facets that lead to housing stability – and helping people become housed and self-sufficient.

"This funding keeps continued services going as we aim for the goal of having no one hungry or homeless in our community, Lollar explained saying that over the past two years dozens of community conversations have been conducted across the county and a repeated mantra is that “this community cares deeply for those who are hungry and homeless," she said.

 AGENCY 

 Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault 

 $         133,139

 Bethany Services, Inc. dba Bakersfield Homeless Center 

 $         761,480

 California Veteran Assistance Foundation 

 $         120,332

 Clinica Sierra Vista, Inc. 

 $         491,292

 Flood Bakersfield Ministries, Inc. 

 $           94,263

 Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) 

 $         117,643

 Housing Authority of the County of Kern 

 $      3,121,170

 Kern County Mental Health 

 $            80,409

 Women's Center-High Desert, Inc. 

 $         116,606

Kern County Homeless Collaborative Planning Grant

$          163,306

For more information visit the Collaborative website at www.KernHomeless.org or HUD’s website at www.hud.gov .

 

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