NORTH COUNTY — More than $5.3 million is going to local programs that help homeless individuals find shelter and deal with mental illness, disabilities and domestic violence.
The County Department of Housing and Community Development applied for the funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Supportive Housing Program. The county identified the greatest needs in the community by working with local governments and nonprofit agencies.
The money will go to programs in the unincorporated areas and local cities, except for the city of San Diego, which applies for its own funds. This regional effort has resulted in more than $100 million in federal homeless funding in the county over the past 14 years.
This year’s award includes new and renewal funding for 26 projects throughout the county sponsored by a variety of agencies. One project is sponsored by Mental Health Systems, which will use the money to help homeless people in the North County who are mentally ill. The group’s project is a part of a national program called “Shelter Plus Care” which provides long-term housing and support services for people who are chronically homeless and have disabilities. Several other local “Shelter Plus Care” programs will also receive funds.
Local recipients included Regional Task Force on the Homeless; Mental Health Systems; city of Oceanside; Community Housing Works; Community Resource Center; North County Interfaith Council; North County Serenity House; County Department of Housing and Community Development; and Vietnam Veterans of San Diego.