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San Diego homeless programs awarded over $14M in grants

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The U.S. Department of Housing awarded over $14 million in grant money to local programs that help homeless people and families throughout San Diego County, officials announced Thursday.

The San Diego County Department of Housing and Community Development applied for the funds on behalf of the region earlier this year, county housing analyst Dolores Diaz said.

The funds will go to 52 programs that provide services such as housing aid, job training, health care, counseling, substance abuse treatment and childcare to homeless individuals and families.

The grant amount ranged from $33,000 to $1.7 million, depending on the

program. The county expected to receive the funds early next year, Diaz said.

Two programs that received the most funds were Solutions Consortium -- a transitional housing program that provides beds and other services to various locations throughout the city of San Diego -- and the San Diego Housing Commission Merged grant, a permanent housing program that offers rental assistance to disabled and homeless people in San Diego.

They were given $1.7 million and $1 million, respectively, Diaz said.

The county could get an additional $1.7 million as four programs were waiting to be approved by the Department of Housing. The proposed projects would provide long-term housing and support services for homeless people and families as well as homeless survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, she said.

California received $236 million. The San Diego region was awarded the fourth highest amount behind Los Angeles, Oakland/Alameda and San Francisco.

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