California cities will receive grants to clean up homeless encampments


Funding a portion of local program scale-up efforts

Sacramento, California – Governor Gavin Newsom announced $50 million in grants to 19 communities across California to provide shelter or housing for 1,401 people currently homeless in encampments.

In September 2021, Governor Newsom set a goal to clear 100 encampments – since then the state has cleared 431 encampments, working with local governments to provide housing and services to former residents. The state is on track to clear 1,000 encampments by the end of 2022.

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“Addressing the homelessness crisis is a matter of life and death,” Governor Newsom said. “California is embracing the unacceptable status quo with a historic response to house thousands of our most vulnerable members of our community at an unprecedented rate, and quickly address the encampments that pose the greatest threat to health and safety. “

Yesterday, the Governor visited an encampment in Redwood City, which is receiving a $1.8 million grant to relocate 70 people.

“We appreciate Governor Newsom’s leadership and support in helping to end homelessness,” said Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale. “Redwood City will continue to work with all levels of government to urgently provide services and find long-term solutions.”

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$14 billion package

Last year, Governor Newsom took unprecedented action to address the state’s homelessness crisis, investing a historic $12 billion to help get our most vulnerable Californians off the streets. and provide them with the mental and behavioral health services they need. The California Blueprint builds on this bold investment with a $2 billion proposal to advance behavioral health camp housing and rehousing strategies, creating a total package of $14 billion. The proposed $2 billion investment includes a $500 million expansion of the Camp Resolution Grant Program, building on the initial $50 million investment for the program last year. The program aims to fund local projects aimed at relocating homeless homeless people to encampments, positioning people living in encampments on pathways to safe and stable housing, and restoring public spaces to their intended use. intended.

19 communities

“The 19 communities selected to receive this funding have committed to human-centered, scalable, and replicable projects, and represent urban, rural, and suburban communities across California,” said Lourdes Castro Ramírez, secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency and Co-Chair of Cal ICH. “We look forward to supporting these community-led efforts that connect housing, services and human supports, and scaling successful strategies and approaches with future funding, as proposed in the Governor’s CA Blueprint budget. . »

The Governor’s multi-year homeless housing plan will provide 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots when fully implemented.

The following cities and counties received grants today:

  • Santa Barbara County – $2.5 million to relocate 200 people
  • San Bernardino County – $1.7 million to relocate 150 people
  • City of Richmond – $4.8 million to relocate 102 people
  • City of Fresno – $5 million to rehouse 100 people
  • City of Oakland – $4.7 million to rehouse 100 people
  • City of San Jose – $2 million to relocate 100 people
  • Redwood City – $1.8 million to relocate 70 people
  • Santa Cruz County – $2.3 million to relocate 65 people
  • Orange County – $3.6 million to rehouse 60 people
  • City of Los Angeles – $1.7 million to relocate 60 people
  • Town of Petaluma – $1.3 million to relocate 60 people
  • City of Tulare – $1.5 million to relocate 57 people
  • City of Salinas – $4 million to relocate 55 people
  • City of Eureka – $1.6 million to relocate 50 people
  • City of Berkeley – $4.7 million to rehouse 45 people
  • City of Long Beach – $1.3 million to relocate 40 people
  • City of Vista – $1.8 million to relocate 35 people
  • City of San Rafael – $522,000 to relocate 34 people
  • Marin County – $317,000 to relocate 18 people

Scaling up local programs

“We recognize that housing is health and that investing in and scaling local programs that seek to meet the holistic needs of our homeless neighbors is critical to our success in getting more Californians off the streets. “said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. “Our vision of a healthy California for all is rooted in the idea that every individual belongs to a strong and thriving community, and where necessities like housing are complemented by access to physical and behavioral health.”

“Thanks to this significant grant from the State of California, Long Beach will be able to relocate 40 of our homeless residents – with the dignity, compassion and urgency that this work requires,” said the Mayor of Long Beach. , Robert Garcia. “I am grateful for Governor Newsom’s leadership in the state’s overall response to the homelessness crisis.”


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