Community leaders introduce Flexible Funds for Housing Program
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and members of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless announced a proposal Monday to create a regional funding pool to help people struggling to make rent.
It’s called the Flexible Funds for Housing Program or Flex Pool, and it would give money to people who need it, in order to keep them from becoming homeless.
Supporters say the program would be a pool of funds that can get people off the streets and into housing faster, and keep others from winding up on the streets in the first place.
State and federal assistance programs can be restrictive, limiting how much a person can receive and for what reason. The Flex Pool allows more money to be made for a wider array of reasons.
Flex pool funds could be used to cover things like security deposits, past-due rent, car repairs and other obstacles to maintaining housing. It could also be used for broader housing strategies.
The pool initially would be funded with $2.5 million in California Emergency Solutions and Housing Program grant that was awarded to the county Health and Human Services Agency.
Supervisors are voting on moving the idea forward on Tuesday.