Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopts “Shelter Crisis” resolution
Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopts “Shelter Crisis” resolution to help address homelessness in Fresno County
FRESNO, CA – The Fresno County Board of Supervisors today adopted a “Shelter Crisis” resolution to help address homelessness across Fresno and Madera Counties. Adoption of the resolution will enable the County to receive much needed Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) grant funding dedicated to providing homeless services for those in need.
“This is an important step to increase the programs addressing the growing crisis of homelessness,” said Fresno County Administrative Officer, Jean Rousseau. “This funding will enable the implementation of critical projects that will enhance our current efforts and provide necessary support for new programs to help reduce homelessness throughout our communities.”
Available through the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC), the HEAP grant program is designed to address the homelessness crisis throughout California. Funding is available to Continuums of Care* and cities with populations over 330,000.
Upon approval of the grant, the Fresno-Madera Continuum of Care (FMCoC) will be allocated $9,501,363 for use in providing eligible homeless services within the Continuum of Care’s jurisdiction in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Fresno and Madera Counties through June 30, 2021. These services may include:
- 24-hour/7-day-a-week housing-focused emergency shelter;
- Shelter for those assessed & awaiting permanent housing;
- Strategies that help those experiencing a housing crisis quickly identify & access safe alternatives to emergency shelter;
- Enhance the Coordinated Entry System;
- Housing relocation & stabilization services along with rental assistance & essential services necessary to reach out to unsheltered individuals.
HEAP funds also require that 5 percent ($475,069) be set aside for youth homeless services.
The Fresno County Department of Social Services will be responsible for administering HEAP funds to the FMCoC and designated service providers under the Continuum’s jurisdiction, through the County’s procurement process.
* A “Continuum of Care” is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. In 2017, the FMCoC identified 1,745 homeless individuals in Fresno County. In 2018, this “Point-in-time” count identified 1,834 – an increase of 5 percent.