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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

December 22, 2000
Contact: Karen Roper
(after-hours, 423.8315)
or Ken Domer
Orange County Receives $4.1 million in Homeless Assistance Grant
(Santa Ana, CA) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today a $4.1 million homeless assistance grant award to the County of Orange.  The grant, awarded under the Continuum of Care Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) process, recognizes the County of Orange’s collaboration with hundreds of non-profit organizations, cities and County agencies on a regional plan to reduce the growing number of homeless.  Led by the County’s Housing & Community Development Department (H&CD), the CEO Homeless Coordinator and the Continuum of Care Leadership Cabinet, the grant award will be used by five applicants to care for and assist the County’s estimated 18,000 homeless.

“I am extremely pleased that once again a spirit of cooperation has produced a grant award to address our County’s homeless population,” said Chuck Smith, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  “I appreciate everyone’s efforts on this great accomplishment and I look forward to putting the money to good use helping those in greatest need.”

The $4.1 million dollar award represents five outstanding projects including transitional shelter for families, substance abuse treatment programs, child care services, and housing assistance for disabled and special needs populations.  Each project went through a review and recommendation process for inclusion in the 2000 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program application.   Although directed to specific programs, the grant awards benefit homeless throughout the County.

Award recipients include:
Health Care Agency $1,406,940 for 30 Shelter Plus Care Section 8 Vouchers to provide permanent supportive housing for disabled and special needs populations
HOMES, Inc. $420,000 for acquisition of a 29-unit apartment complex and $1,275,420 for 29 Shelter Plus Care Section 8 Vouchers to provide permanent supportive housing for disabled and special needs populations
Serving People in Need (SPIN) $155,951 for renewal of a substance abuse recovery program serving 186 homeless individuals per year
Fullerton Interfaith. $756,000 for renewal of a childcare program providing services to 10
Emergency Services, Inc homeless shelters in Orange County
Thomas House $92,400 for renewal of a grant to provide transitional housing for homeless families.

 “The grant award is only part of the story,” said Paula Burrier-Lund, H&CD Director. “The County of Orange and its city and non-profit partners recognize the need to move forward to proactively address the issue of homelessness.  This award is confirmation of the strength of that partnership.

These 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 and Shelter Plus Care Programs are successful because they provide individuals and families with the training and support they need to successfully achieve independent living."

These successfully funded projects are part of the County’s proactive efforts to address homelessness.  One sign of its commitment was the Board’s creation of the position of Homeless Prevention Coordinator.  Additionally, the County actively works with cities and non-profits through the Continuum of Care Community Forum and other regional planning collaboratives to find more effective approaches to the problems of homelessness.  The County also administers funds for participating cities and community-based organizations for homeless services through H&CD.

For more information about the County’s efforts to address homelessness, visit http://www.oc.ca.gov and click on Homeless Prevention.