Monterey/San Benito Counties, California—On March 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1,870,864 in initial funding to Monterey and San Benito County homeless programs.  Local programs supported by the grants offer a variety of housing and services including street outreach, transitional, permanent supportive housing and homeless planning activities.

The initial grants were awarded to 7 local agencies to help fund 12 homeless programs. HUD awardees are The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey, Veteran’s Transition Center, Community Homeless Solution, Interim, Inc., Community Human Services, San Benito Health and Human Services and the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers.

HUD announces funding approval in 2 phases. Phase 1 represents the initial $1,870,864 mentioned above. HUD will announce 2nd phase funding in the near future.  Three additional programs from the Salvation Army-Monterey Peninsula, Community Homeless Solutions and the Veterans Transition Center are pending the 2nd round of HUD funding announcements.

Katherine Thoeni, the Executive Officer of the Coalition of Homeless Services Provider says, “Monterey and San Benito Counties join other Continuums of Care in thanking HUD for the continuing support for our programs. The grants awarded are critical investments in local homeless programs and services and can mean the difference between homeless persons and families finding and maintaining stable housing or living on the streets.”  She went on to say, “Continued and expanded support of homeless efforts are critically needed in our community.”