Monterey/San Benito Counties, California—On December 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1,967,620 in renewal 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 housing, rental assistance programs, permanent supportive housing and homeless planning activities.

Grants were awarded to 7 local agencies to help fund 13 activities.  HUD awardees are; The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey, Veterans Transition Center, Community Homeless Solutions, Interim, Inc., Community Human Services, San Benito Health and Human Services, and the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers.

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