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Press Release
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Housing and Community Services Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2005
Contact: Karen Roper
714.567.7418

County awarded $11.3 million for homeless services

HUD Grant WILL DIRECTLY Assist The County’s Population of Homeless Families and Individuals

(Santa Ana, CA) - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the County of Orange $11,367,654 in a homeless assistance grant competition under the Continuum of Care Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA). This is the largest homeless assistance grant in Orange County’s history. The SuperNOFA is an annual process, and the grant award is a direct result of the County’s partnership with cities and hundreds of non-profit organizations to address the issue of homelessness in Orange County.

The County’s Housing and Community Services (HCS) is the lead agency. This collaborative effort has undertaken a regional plan aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness. According to a 2004 needs assessment survey, the number of homeless is now estimated at almost 35,000 individuals and persons in families in Orange County on any given night. That represents a 25 percent increase since 2003.

“Once again Orange County is being recognized by the federal government for our regional approach to help move families and individuals out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency,” said Supervisor Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “In this time of budgetary constraints, the $11.3 million will ensure that we continue to care for our residents most in need.”

HCS, OC Partnership, Info Link Orange County, and the Continuum of Care Leadership Cabinet coordinated the 2004 application process. The grant award will provide transitional shelter and supportive services for families and individuals as well as permanent supportive housing for the disabled and special needs homeless populations. The County of Orange has received more than $64 million since 1996 in the SuperNOFA competition.

2004 Award recipients include:
Orange County Housing Authority and the Health Care Agency $2,895,120 for Shelter Plus Care Section 8 Housing Vouchers to provide permanent supportive housing for disabled and special needs homeless individuals and families
OC Partnership $160,125 for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to provide support and services to providers who serve the homeless
Orange County Housing Authority and the Health Care Agency $643,392 for renewal of Shelter Plus Care Section 8 Housing Vouchers to provide permanent supportive housing for disabled and special needs individuals and families
Council of Orange County Society of St. Vincent de Paul $1,865,898 for safe haven housing and supportive services for chronically homeless and homeless
Orange County Housing Authority And Health Care Agency $1,066,848 for renewal of Shelter Plus Care Section 8 Housing Vouchers to provide permanent supportive housing for disabled and special needs homeless individuals and families
Serving People in Need, Inc. $1,992,929 for transitional housing and supportive services for homeless individuals with special needs
Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter $885,000 for acquisition of sites for transitional housing and supportive services, operations, and HMIS for chronically homeless and homeless
Colette’s Children’s Home $801,934 for acquisition of sites for transitional housing and supportive services, operations, and HMIS for chronically homeless and homeless
Human Options, Inc. $361,726 for supportive services and operations to provide transitional housing for homeless
Families Forward $225,962 for supportive services, operations, and HMIS to provide transitional housing for homeless
Veteran First $468,720 for leasing, supportive services, operations, and HMIS to provide transitional housing for chronically homeless and homeless

“This award is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the County’s partnership with cities, non-profit organizations, and other important stakeholders,” stated Paula Burrier-Lund, Director of HCS. “These 11 programs will provide families and individuals with the housing and support they need to achieve independent living.”

HCS houses the County’s Homeless Prevention and Related Services Division. HCS also administers funds for participating cities and community-based organizations for homeless services. For more information about the County’s efforts to address homelessness, please contact Karen Roper at 714.567.7418 or 714.423.8315.

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