The state awarded the county's Human Services Agency $100,000 to help homeless families and individuals ready to leave a shelter but without the funds to afford permanent housing.
The California Department of Community Services and Development announced Friday $1.6 million in awards for initiative and innovative projects that benefit low-income populations using federally-funded Community Services Block Grants. The grants include $100,000 for San Mateo County's Rapid Re-Housing Project.
The grant recipient is actually the county's Community Action Agency, a public entity that HSA helps to administer, said HSA spokeswoman Amanda Kim.
The grant funds will subsidize the initial deposit for a rental which is usually a combination of first and last month's rent plus a security deposit. Recipients will be ready to move but lacking the substantial amount required to start the lease.
The funds will help an estimated 18 households, or 54 people including children, move out of emergency shelters and into permanent housing, Kim said.
The average market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Mateo County is $2,155 per month, which gives some sense of the considerable resources needed to move into a rental, Kim said.
CAA is "very glad" to receive the competitive grant which will move those ready closer to self-sufficiency and create greater capacity in the homeless services system, Kim said .
Grants like that given the San Mateo County project also gives communities the chance to create and implement innovative solutions by targeting local needs, according to CSD Acting Director Linne Stout.
"As a result ... California's low-income families and individuals living in these communities will be positively impacted by these new opportunities," Stout said in a prepared statement.
The grants awarded fell into five categories: employment, homeless services, youth services including employment, food and nutrition and innovative projects.
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