The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in December awarded more than $16 million to homeless housing and service programs in the San Joaquin Valley.
The city and county of Fresno and Madera County received more than $9 million for 32 projects. Another 20 projects in the city of Visalia and Kings and Tulare counties were funded for a little more than $2 million. Merced, Bakersfield and the Stockton areas also received grants.
The new round of money comes just as volunteers nationwide prepare to count the number of homeless living on the street and in shelters to assess their needs.
There were 7,472 homeless people in the Valley on one single night in 2016, HUD estimates. Local communities have reported a 43 percent decrease in the number of homeless since 2010 when the Obama administration launched Opening Doors, the country’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
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The Fresno Madera Continuum of Care, a coalition of groups that provide homeless services and housing, will conduct its 2017 Point-in-Time count in Fresno, Madera and some rural communities Jan. 24 to 26. The information collected will be included in HUD’s 2017 national homeless estimate.
Volunteers are needed. The tally count will be held Jan. 24 from 5 p.m. to midnight in Fresno and 5:30 p.m. to midnight in Madera. Survey days, when volunteers revisit the homeless to ask more detailed questions, will be held 5 p.m. to midnight Jan. 25 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in Fresno and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 in Madera.
Training is needed. In Fresno, training sessions will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 and 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at the Nielsen Center, 3100 N. Nielsen Ave. In Madera, training will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 in the council meeting room at Madera City Hall, 205 W. 4th St.
Fiscal Year 2016 Continuum of Care Grant Awards
City and county CoC
No. of projects funded
Fresno city and county, Madera County
Merced city and county
Bakersfield and Kern County
Visalia, Kings and Tulare counties
Stockton and San Joaquin County
Turlock, Modesto and Stanislaus County
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development