Projects & Funding
What is this service?
The Housing team administers a variety of funding sources to support affordable housing construction and rehabilitation, public services, homeless services, public facility improvements, and other economic and community development projects that benefit residents throughout the community. Funding sources include local funds and federal grants.
Local funds are collected and distributed according to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (Title 29) and General Funds support from the Board of Supervisors.
The goal of the federal CDBG, HOME, CoC, and ESG programs is to financially help community-based projects that provide social services, affordable housing, and public facilities to benefit low income households and homeless populations. The programs are described in more detail below.
Community Development Block Grant Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
Continuum of Care Grants Program
The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness through the strategic use of resources to address homelessness. The CoC program focuses on improving coordination and integration with mainstream resources to assist homeless individuals and families gain long-term housing stability. Program guidance is provided by a 27-member Homeless Services Oversight Council, an advisory board to the Board of Supervisors.
The County of San Luis Obispo is the CoC Recipient and applies for CoC competitive funding annually, while holding a local competition for non-profit providers to apply for eligible CoC projects. Eligible CoC projects and activities include:
Emergency Solutions Grant Program
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program provides funding to subrecipients that assist persons who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Eligible uses of ESG funding include outreach to homeless persons, emergency shelter services, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (often referred to as HMIS), and general administration of the ESG program.
The County is now accepting applications for the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program funding passed through to the County by the State of California. Eligible activities that this grant may fund include street outreach, emergency shelter, Rapid Rehousing and Coordinated Entry. A copy of the Request for Proposals is available to download. Grant applications are due to the County no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018.
For more information about the grant or the information session that was held on February 20, 2018, please contact Allison Rustick (ph:805-781-1141; email: a[email protected]).
HOME Investment Partnership Program
The HOME program provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people.provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people.
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