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County Receives More Than $5 Million to Assist Homeless

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The County of San Bernardino learned this week that its Continuum of Care assistance program for the homeless will receive $5,196,488 in federal grant money to fund six separate homeless projects.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced an unprecedented $1.1 billion in grant funding for homeless assistance programs across the country.

The grants, through the Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grants programs, will serve more than 3,000 local programs in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

The County of San Bernardino's annual application, known as the "Super NoFA" has been prepared and submitted each year since 1994 by the county's Community Services Department on behalf of agencies throughout the county.

Each year since 1997, CSD has been successful in obtaining funding through the Super NoFA. This year's award brings the six-year total to $23,396,614 in funding for 24 organizations.

Patricia Nickols, Executive Director of the county Community Services Department, said this year's award is the largest to date.

"We are extremely pleased," Nickols said. "CSD coordinates the application each year even though we receive no administrative fee for doing so. Each agency that is funded has a contract directly with HUD. CSD's reward is in being able to assist in obtaining resources for homeless programs."

Board of Supervisors Third District Supervisor Dennis Hansberger serves as chairman of the County Homeless Coalition Policy Council.

"This is very good news for the Homeless Coalition and the County," Supervisor Hansberger said. "Each supervisorial district has a project that received funding. This will help to better serve the entire county."

The organizations that have been conditionally selected for funding are: Victor Valley Domestic Violence, Inc. in Victorville - $559,166; Hope Through Housing Foundation in Rancho Cucamonga - $258,451; Inland Temporary Homes in Loma Linda - $512,694; Foothill Family Shelter in Upland - $68,250; Mary's Mercy Center, Inc. in San Bernardino - $1,070,927; and the Housing Authority and Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), County of San Bernardino - $2,727,000.

Each organization will need to complete what is called a "technical submission" over the next 30 to 60 days before being awarded a contract by HUD.

Each will have a three-year contract with the exception of the Housing Authority and DBH, whose contract is for five years to operate a Shelter Plus Care program for the homeless mentally ill and disabled.

"The Super NoFA is a very competitive process," Nickols said. "Each year CSD invites proposals from organizations that wish to apply.

Each proposal is screened carefully and rated by an independent panel of reviewers. This year we had 12 proposals totaling over $8.2 million.

Of course there is never enough funding to go around, but we are very pleased with this year's award."

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