New Funding to Help More Than 2,600 Californians Move From Encampments Into Housing
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SACRAMENTO ~ Governor Gavin Newsom of California has announced the awarding of more than $81 million in grants to 11 communities as part of the state's efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The Encampment Resolution Fund (ERF) grants will provide services to 2,693 persons experiencing homelessness to help them move out of encampments and into permanent housing.

The ERF was designed by Governor Newsom and the Legislature to provide communities of all sizes with the funding to move people living in encampments into housing. In total, the Administration has budgeted $750 million to support 10,000 individuals living in dangerous conditions on our streets without shelter.

"Everyone deserves a safe and clean place to call home," said Governor Newsom. "California is moving with compassion and care to help move thousands of people out of encampments and into housing."

The Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) and the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH) are administering the ERF grants. BCSH Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez said, "Thanks to Governor Newsom's bold leadership on housing and homelessness, we are now announcing the third round of Encampment Resolution grants to eleven communities. Collectively, these communities will receive $81 million in new resources to provide assistance to nearly 2,700 unhoused people living in encampments."

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Sacramento County will receive $17.7 million for 750 people with 150 housed from the W/X corridor of Highway 50 in Downtown Sacramento; Riverside County will receive $12.1 million for 123 people with 112 housed from San Jacinto River bottom between San Jacinto and Hemet; Del Norte County will receive $10.8 million for 475 people with 150 housed from Elk Valley Road south of Crescent City; The City of Redding will receive $8.4 million for 200 people with 50 housed from Linden Canyon in west Redding; The City of Salinas will receive $8.1 million for 90 people with 55 housed from Carr Lake area in the city; Tuolumne County will receive $6.3 million for 50 people with 30 housed along Highway 49/108 in Sonora; San Diego County will receive $5.1 million for 75 people with 56 housed from encampments near intersection 805 & 54 freeways; Sacramento County will receive $3.7 million for 400 people with 60 housed from Roseville Road area; The City of San Diego will receive $3.2 million for 90 people with 60 housed from I-15 corridor; The City of Los Angeles will receive $2.4 million for 40 people with 40 housed along Jefferson Boulevard in Ballona Ecological Reserve; The City of Garden Grove will receive $1.9 million for 300 people with 50 housed along SR 22 west Beach Boulevard; The City of Oroville will receive $1.7 million for 100 people with 65 housed at Foothill Boulevard & Lower Wyandotte & Olive Highway sites respectively .

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The Newsom Administration has committed more than $30 billion since taking office towards addressing housing and homelessness issues, including a budgeted amount of 3$5 billion alone towards homelessness prevention efforts in 2023 state budget alone .

The projects funded by these grants are designed by each community individually as a person-centered approach towards helping their neighbors find a path home . Secretary Ramírez concluded her statement by thanking local leaders and service providers who have worked together alongside the state government "to ensure that unhoused people living in encampments are treated with respect and compassion and placed on the path to dignified permanent housing."

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