Grant to help homeless in Tri-County area
The homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless may qualify for housing assistance thanks to a $1.6 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant received by Glenn County's Community Action Agency.
The grant will not only aid people in Glenn County but some in Colusa, Tehama and Trinity counties as well since they are included in the funding administered by Glenn's CAA office.
Each county will get about $400,000, officials said.
Glenn County got word it received the grant on Sept. 21, according to Lucy Hernandez, CAA's housing and community services manager, who wrote the grant proposal. It is one of 31 California agencies to be awarded the money.
It was distributed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development as part of $42.7 million in recovery act money awarded by the U.S. government to the state.
The grant money will focus on five different services with each county zeroing in on its areas of need, filling in gaps for homeless assistance, Hernandez said.
For example, Colusa County had gaps in funding for motel vouchers, she said, and it will use some of its money for that.
Hernandez said about 669 households could be served by this program.
Grant funds may help pay for rental security deposits, short- to medium-term rent payment subsidies, utility deposit assistance and motel vouchers for up to seven nights in a motel, she said.
Short-term rental assistance can range from one to three months, and medium-term rent subsidies may go from four to 18 months, depending on the clients' situations, Hernandez said.
To qualify, clients must already be homeless or be in danger of becoming homeless because they are being evicted, their home is in foreclosure or they could end up homeless because of job loss, serious illness, etc.
Hernandez said foreclosed homeowners would not receive money to pay their mortgage from this program, but they could get funds to rent another home or apartment.
Hernandez added credit counseling is another component of the program.
Clients receiving this assistance must work with a counselor to improve their credit and household income management skills, she said. The amount of rental subsidy will depend on the individual's or family's income.
They also may get counseling in employment, job training, parenting skills and other areas through referral to Human Resource Agency programs.
These are the rent and utility assistance services offered under the homeless prevention grant by county
Security deposit assistance
Short-term rental payment assistance
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