SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded more than $1 million in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) to Orange and San Diego counties to reduce homelessness. These grants are in addition to the $2.5 million in state funding that Senator Bates previously announced in October 2019.
“I thank the California Department of Housing and Community Development for its efforts to direct vital resources to Orange and San Diego counties,” said Senator Bates, a member of the Senate Housing Committee and former social worker. “These grants will help connect more people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness with the services they need. I will continue to work with my colleagues at every level of government to ensure that our communities receive their fair share of public funding to address homelessness.”
Funding for the grants comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants’ purpose is to eliminate homelessness by assisting individuals and families to achieve independence through rapid rehousing assistance, emergency shelters, street outreach, counseling, substance abuse treatment, and job training.
The County of Orange will receive $605,188 and the County of San Diego will receive $453,822 to fund various activities related to homelessness.
Senator Bates has long engaged in efforts to reduce homelessness through a variety of approaches such as:
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Click here to download her official Senate photo.