The City of Santa Monica has been selected as one of ten communities nationwide to receive federal grants to help combat long-term homelessness.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Santa Monica will receive more than $700,000 over two years for rental subsidies and other expenses, to provide permanent housing with support services to house 30 persons who are chronically homeless and addicted to alcohol.
HUD officials will present the grant check to city leaders at the beginning of the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 13th, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica.
The focus of the grant is Santa Monica long-term homeless people who are living on the streets and addicted to alcohol.
The 30 homeless persons selected must meet specific criteria in order to qualify for the housing and support services, said Stacy Rowe, Santa Monica human services administrator.
Those selected must be identified as chronically homeless — persons who have lived on the streets at least one year within the last five years, Rowe said.
“They can’t have been living in transitional or permanent housing at any time within the last five years,” Rowe said.
These people tend to have the highest utilization of public resources and services, such as police, paramedics and hospital emergency rooms, city officials said.
The city will select the 30 homeless people through an outreach team composed of police and paramedics who are in contact with them on a daily basis, Rowe said.
The federal grant will provide the rental costs and the city and providers for the homeless will provide a match for the support services needed to get the homeless people into housing and keep them off the streets.
With the federal grant funding, the city will provide permanent housing for the 30 participants in rental units throughout the city, Rowe said.
The City of Santa Monica and its partner agencies will provide support services during a six-month period of stabilization before placing the individuals in permanent housing, and will continue the services after they are housed.
Agencies partnering with the city in the program include CLARE Foundation, OPCC, New Directions, St. Joseph Center, Step Up on Second, Venice Family Clinic, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and local hospitals.
Various support services that will be provided include case management, sobriety services and medical services.
The approach to support service delivery will be an expansion of the city Chronic Homeless Program that began in July 2004.
The program uses a multi- disciplinary team to strategically assess the needs of chronically homeless people and focus resources on interventions.
Other communities selected for the federal grant were Contra Costa County, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruz in California and Chicago, Chattanooga, Denver, Jacksonville and New York City.