Newsome Allots $53 Million in Grants for Housing Assistance for Elderly & Disabled Adults.
Governor Gavin Newsom, in collaboration with The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), revealed that 12 organizations were provided with $53 million in grants to generate further residential care options for adults with disabilities, the elderly, and individuals facing homelessness. These grants enable the development of 402 beds or units. This investment follows the $47 million allocated to five organizations in August.
Governor Newsom stated that the state of California is investing heavily into housing for its most vulnerable residents, such as low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. These investments are aimed at helping them to remain in their communities with safety and dignity. He explained that this is being done by supporting local communities to purchase, renovate, and renovate properties across the state. This, he said, not only provides these individuals with a place to live, but it also helps to prevent homelessness. He then concluded that the state was ramping up its endeavors to offer more housing and services at a faster rate and a lower cost than ever before.
The Community Care Expansion (CCE) Program received a total of $570 million, allocated in Governor Newsom’s budget, which will be used for the purchase, repair, and building of adult and senior care facilities. These establishments will provide services to Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) applicants and beneficiaries, in addition to other types of residential care like permanent supportive housing and recuperative care locations.
Kim Johnson, Director of CDSS, stated that “these timely and considerable investments will provide new housing possibilities that will benefit elderly people and those with disabilities in California.” She continued by saying that “we must keep fighting against homelessness. With this initiative, we will be renovating existing structures and constructing new ones that will offer assistance to our most vulnerable citizens, including those who are facing or living with homelessness.”
These 14 additional projects will receive funding in the following amounts:
Integrated Elder Care, Inc. has been granted an amount of $11,589,180 to restore an already licensed Residential Care Facility for Elderly people located in Redlands (San Bernardino County). The objective of the project is to provide SSI/SSP and CAPI applicants and recipients, who are 50 or older, with 52 beds.
Senior Coast Living was allocated $9,079,550 to acquire and convert an existing motel in National City (San Diego County) into a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. It will offer SSI/SSP and CAPI applicants and recipients with 68 beds.
The JWCH Institute, Inc. was presented with $8,287,727 to acquire and improve a licensed Adult Residential Facility in Azusa (Los Angeles County) which will have 96 beds.
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation was granted $4,986,000 in order to construct a building with Permanent Supportive Housing units for homeless individuals and households in Oakland (Alameda County). This will provide 30 housing units.
Native Directions and Home CA were given awards for two projects, one in Shingle Springs (El Dorado County) for $4,548,890 and the second in Rescue (El Dorado County) for $4,597,895. These funds are to be used to construct two separate licensed Adult Residential Facilities to serve Tribal members in the San Joaquin Delta area with long-term housing and linkages to supportive services. Each of these projects will add 30 beds.
Self Help Enterprises was given $4,051,471 to construct prefabricated mobile homes for residents experiencing homelessness in Goshen (Tulare County). This project will provide 36 units.
Progressive Care, Inc. was awarded $2,054,597 to revive an existing licensed Adult Residential Facility in Whittier (Los Angeles County) to expand capacity for SSI/SSP and CAPI applicants and recipients. This will add 28 beds.
The Berkeley Food and Housing Project was granted $1,180,325 to convert an existing shelter in Berkeley (Alameda County) into a licensed Adult Residential Facility, thereby adding 15 beds.
The County of Santa Barbara Department of Behavioral Wellness was awarded $1,001,338 to renovate an existing licensed Adult Residential Facility in Santa Barbara to prioritize individuals eligible for SSI/SSP and CAPI who are at risk of homelessness. This project will add 9 beds.
Xencare II, Inc. was given awards for two projects in Fresno. One project was allocated $661,106 to convert an existing residential structure into a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly while the other was granted $620,013 to build a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. Each of these projects will add 3 beds.
PathPoint was presented with $191,480 to renovate and expand an existing licensed Adult Residential Facility in Santa Barbara. This will add 2 beds.
Housing Consortium of the East Bay was awarded $157,465 in predevelopment funds to develop schematic designs for one-bedroom Permanent Supportive Housing units for medically vulnerable seniors in Oakland (Alameda County).
The Governor has earmarked multiple billions of dollars for homeless housing projects that will deliver more than 55,000 housing spots and treatment programs in the near future. Last year, an unprecedented $12 billion was allocated to assist those in need of help, and the upcoming state budget has added an additional $3 billion to fund behavioral health housing, homeless emergency aid, and encampment rehousing strategies, bringing the total to over $15 billion.