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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

County Executive Office
December 27, 1999
Contact: Karen Roper
(714) 834-3355
HUD Gives $6.8 Million in Grants to OC
(Santa Ana) - Additional information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over the weekend proved that there must really be a Santa Claus. Despite the Christmas Eve announcement of $2.4 million in grants for homeless programs, further releases bring the total to $6.8 million, announced Chuck V. Smith, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

"This is exciting news to receive on Christmas weekend," said Smith. "This means that HUD has funded 12 of the 13 requests we submitted. This will enable us to provide more support in helping Orange County's most needy move from homelessness to self-sufficiency."

The grants are the result of an annual competitive process by HUD which issues a Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) for Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs."These federal funds will provide Orange County agencies with additional resources to create a comprehensive regional approach to end the cycle of homelessness," said Representative Loretta Sanchez. "The Supportive Housing Program is successful because it provides individuals with the training and support they need to successfully achieve independent living."

The newly released grant awards are 1) Health Care Agency for Shelter Plus Care Tenant-Based Rental Assistance. This grant will provide 69 Section 8 Certificates to homeless mentally ill, substance abusers, dually diagnosed and persons with HIV/AIDS; 2) Episcopal Community Services for a seven-bed permanent supportive housing project for homeless mentally disabled men and women; 3) Human Options for a 50-bed transitional housing project for victims of domestic violence; 4) Interval House for provision of bilingual case management services for victims of domestic violence; 5) Olive Crest Treatment Centers for outreach, assessment and case management services for homeless youth; and 6) Saddleback Community Outreach for a 10-bed transitional housing project for families that are victims of domestic violence.

The six grants previously announced were 1) Mental Health Association for outreach, assessment and case management services for the disabled with psychiatric illnesses and dually-diagnosed homeless adults; 2) Dayle McIntosh Center for case management, skills training and providing assistive devices for homeless disabled persons; 3) John Henry Foundation for a 15-bed permanent supportive housing project for homeless mentally ill and dually diagnosed; 4) Women's Transitional Living Center for a 46-bed transitional housing project for victims of domestic violence; 5) Orange County Youth and Family Services for a 30-bed transitional housing project for homeless families; and 6) Shelter for the Homeless for a 40-bed transitional housing project for homeless families recovering from substance abuse.

"The Orange County community has once again submitted an outstanding application that will improve the living conditions of thousands of people in Orange County," said Nelson Hernandez, Senior Community Builder/Coordinator, HUD Santa Ana. "The $6.8 million in grants from HUD to the County will fund local programs that respond to local needs. With this grant announcement, our partnership with Orange County and its Continuum of Care providers will be strong going into the new millennium. December 1999 will truly will be a month to remember in Orange County!"

For more information, contact Karen Roper, the County's Homeless Prevention and Related Programs Coordinator, at (714) 834-3355.