In 2018, the State of California enacted the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) as part of California Senate Bill 850. HEAP provides $500 million in block grants to cities and counties to address homelessness throughout the state. HEAP funds may be expended on a variety of uses that address homelessness, such as prevention, emergency aid, and criminal justice diversion programs for persons with mental health needs.
Santa Barbara County is eligible to receive up to $9.4 million in HEAP funds. Pursuant to Health and Safety Code § 50212(a)(1), in order for a municipality to qualify for HEAP funding, a shelter crisis must be formally declared. On September 18, 2018, Council made this declaration.
In accordance with HEAP regulations, this funding will be allocated through each community’s Continuum of Care (CoC), a federal program that promotes community-wide planning and strategic use of resources to address homelessness. Locally, the CoC program is administered by the Santa Barbara County Housing and Community Development Division, which on October 12, 2018, released a Notice of Funding Availability to solicit proposals for HEAP funds from eligible organizations. The application deadline is November 16, 2018.
In preparation for this competitive HEAP-grant application process, the City has established a partnership with Cottage Hospital, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, CityNet, and People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), and has developed a comprehensive program to address the homelessness crisis within the City.
A community meeting will be held on November 28 regarding a grant application for funds from the Homeless Emergency Aid Program. The proposal includes temporary use of the commuter lot at Carrillo and Castillo streets to provide "tiny homes" and services to homeless individuals.
Staff from the partner organizations will be present at this meeting to provide information about the project, address concerns and answer questions.
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Louise Lowry Davis Recreation Center, 1232 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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