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Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves $8 Million Grant Application to HUD

County Executive Office - Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2000

Contact: Karen Roper
(714) 834-3355
or Ken Domer
(714) 480-2739

Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves $8 Million Grant Application to HUD

(Santa Ana, CA) – On the heels of two successful years that garnered the county $13 million in homeless assistance funding, the County of Orange and its network of partners have submitted an $8 million grant request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) for Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs.

This application was approved by the Board of Supervisors to support a regional plan to reduce the growing number of homeless in Orange County. According to a recent County survey, there are more than 18,000 homeless in Orange County on any given night. The regional plan contained in this application demonstrates Orange County’s communitywide commitment to address the problems of homelessness. In partnership with the Housing & Community Development Department (H&CD) and the CEO Homeless Coordinator, hundreds of nonprofit organizations, cities and county agencies worked collaboratively to complete this regional application.

Last year, Orange County was awarded $6.8 million through the SuperNOFA national competition. "While there is no guarantee that we will receive funding this year, I believe Orange County has once again submitted a comprehensive homeless assistance plan. For the past two years, our strategy has benefited the county and the recipients of these services," said Chuck Smith, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

"Residents of Orange County can be proud of the coordinated manner in which the County, cities, nonprofit organizations, and interested individuals came together and developed a comprehensive and well thought out application for funds," said Karen Roper, CEO Homeless Coordinator.

"The County’s partnership with the community gives us the edge we need to compete on a national basis; we have developed a system for success," said Paula Burrier-Lund, Director of H&CD.

The $8 million dollar grant request is on behalf of the following 12 applicants: OC Health Care Agency; Helping Our Mentally Ill Experience Success (HOMES, Inc.); Serving People in Need (SPIN); Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter; Fullerton Interfaith Shelter; Thomas House; Saddleback Community Outreach; Mental Health Association of OC; Orangewood Children’s Foundation; Olive Crest; and Shelter for the Homeless.

Proposed projects include: 59 new Section 8 Rental Assistance Housing Vouchers for homeless who are mentally ill, dually diagnosed or who have substance abuse issues; 43 existing and 60 new transitional housing beds and more than 3,800 individual, supportive services for homeless families, individuals and homeless emancipated youth. Services include, but are not limited to, substance abuse treatment, mental health care, child care, job training, education, and life skills training.