U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development awarded $3.5 million to end San Diego homeless problem

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A half-dozen organizations working to solve San Diego’s homelessness problem were collectively awarded around $3.5 million Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The nonprofits were among more than 1,200 groups that received a total of around $355 million in HUD funding. Previous grants were announced in March, so the latest awards bring the total proceeds to San Diego organizations this year to nearly $18 million.

"The results of this competition show that communities are doing the hard work of assessing the needs of people experiencing homelessness and are reallocating funding to ensure that people have access to the quickest possible paths to permanent homes,” said Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

"We applaud communities across the country for their commitment to ending homelessness for everyone once and for all, and know that these investments are critical for fulfilling those commitments,” Doherty said.

The Alpha Project received a pair of grants, one for its Alpha Square 203-unit construction project, $487,484; and the other for its rapid rehousing program, $171,095.

The Salvation Army also received a pair of awards, $292,203 for a transitional living center and $158,521 for its Path to Prosperity program.

The other awardees were:

  • Catholic Charities, $10,608;
  • Mental Health Systems, $191,272;
  • The Regional Task Force On The Homeless, $707,000
  • St. Vincent De Paul Village, $1.5 million

On Friday, the task force announced that 8,692 people were found living on the streets or in shelters in a count of San Diego County’s homeless that
took place in January.

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