LA County awards Santa Clarita increased homeless plan fundingMai Nguyen Do January 31, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Santa Clarita is one of 20 cities receiving new grant funds from the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and United Way of Greater Los Angeles to help implement the next phase of its plan to address and prevent homelessness.
The city will receive $300,000 to increase the supply of interim and permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness and $75,000 to enhance services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Specifically, the $300,000 awarded to the city will be used to acquire property for interim family housing for homelessness nonprofit Family Promise of Santa Clarita. The $75,000 award will be put toward hiring a homeless coordinator in the city, who will oversee Santa Clarita’s Community Plan to Address Homelessness.
“The funds are coming to our community at a critical time,” Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean said. “Our local service providers are at a point where funds are necessary to provide resources and opportunities to continue to implement the kind of programs and facilities that our community requires. We are hopeful that these funds will help towards a true and lasting impact on homelessness in Santa Clarita.”
According to the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 331 individuals in Santa Clarita are experiencing homelessness.
The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and United Way of Greater Los Angeles are providing a total of $3.8 million in increased Measure H funding to combat homelessness in cities throughout the county.
“The county will not be able to solve the crisis of homelessness on its own – our cities are integral partners in providing outreach, supportive services and housing to those in need,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “I’m eager to see how these localized solutions to combat homelessness will move into implementation and am committed to continue partnering in this work alongside our cities.”
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.