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Helping Homeless

The Santa Clarita City Council is fully committed to preventing and combatting homelessness in our community and will continue to provide the leadership to solve this growing concern. There are many services and resources currently being delivered daily, by nearly 30 nonprofit organizations through hundreds of volunteers in Santa Clarita.

The City continues to work closely with and provide support to our local nonprofit homeless services providers. Most notably, the City recently acquired and transferred ownership of two pieces of property totaling over an acre of buildable land (valued at approximately $1 million) to Bridge to Home, for development of a year-round, permanent homeless services center.  

Investments in Homeless Services and Housing

The City has provided support for organizations such as Bridge to Home and Family Promise through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and Community Service grants for many years. In addition, the City annually awards CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist lower-income residents in the areas of decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.

Some of the top priorities for your City Council this year when awarding grants were mental health services, homeless services, a homeless shelter, affordable rental housing, senior rental housing and job creation/retention.

Another piece of the puzzle is how to provide more opportunities for affordable housing in the City. We are thrilled that our first affordable housing project, Three Oaks, an approximately $5 million City investment, is now home to 30 families. In addition, there have been several senior affordable housing projects that have come through the City Council, that the City Council has not only approved, but has supported and subsidized in some form or fashion.

Community Plan to Address Homelessness

On June 13, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved Measure H funding allocations in support of Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative strategies to prevent and combat homelessness in the County.  The Board also allocated $2 million to be used for regional coordination services at the Council of Governments (COG) level and homeless planning grants for cities in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care. Funding for the City Planning Grants were allocated to each city that applied for planning grants and based on the number of homeless individuals residing in that city.

Based upon evaluation criteria, the committee identified Analytic Insight as the recommended vendor which best met the City’s needs. Please visit the link below to review and comment on the Community Plan to Address Homelessness.

 Community Plan to Address Homelessness
For questions or comments please email: homeless@santa-clarita.com.

Measure H  

On June 13, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) approved Measure H funding allocations in support of Los Angeles County’s (County) Homeless Initiative (HI) strategies to prevent and combat homelessness in the County.

Shortly after the Measure was passed, a working group was created, comprised of 50 members of varying capacities from all over Los Angeles County, to develop a spending/allocation plan for the estimated $355 million to be generated annually from this measure. The group was tasked with determining allocation amounts for the 21 eligible strategies in the County’s Homeless Strategies document, which was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on February 6, 2016.

View the most recent quarterly update on the progress of Measure H.