Homelessness & Housing Roundtable Brings Future Investment to the Valley
BAKERSFIELD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined representatives from cities throughout Kern and Kings Counties to discuss accessing unprecedented levels of state funding for combatting the homelessness crisis in the Valley. Assemblymember Salas was instrumental in securing $650 million in new grant funding in the 2019-2020 state budget which cities, counties, and Continuums of Care’s (CoC) can access. This grant is through the Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) program
“The Valley has a unique opportunity to bring historic levels of investment to our cities to help reduce the homelessness crisis, build more affordable housing, and make our communities safer,” said Assemblymember Salas. “We need to ensure that the Valley receives all emergency funds to address this crisis head on by getting people off of the streets and improving the health and well-being of our communities.”
At the roundtable discussion, Alicia Sutton, the Deputy Secretary of Homelessness from the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, gave a presentation to attendees, walking them through the process of applying for the HHAP grant funding. The deadline to apply for these funds is set for February 15, 2020.
“The number of different organizations here today was really exciting to see,” said Alicia Sutton, Secretary of Homelessness. “Hearing how the cities and counties have already been coordinating on projects is always helpful. There is a lot more work to do in the rural areas but I am encouraged to see that the community is all rowing in the same direction and is already taking action.”
Based on the most recent Point in Time Counts, which measures the current homeless populations in each city, the following funding is available:
- City of Bakersfield: $3,265,736.61
- Kern County: $1,461,630.24
- Bakersfield/Kern CoC: $1,566,746.98
- Kings County: $274,742.53
- Kings/Tulare CoC: $1,253,397.58
Through these funds, cities, counties, and Continuums of Care will receive funding for a variety of projects ranging from shelters, treatment programs, affordable housing, public safety, outreach, and addiction treatment.
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.