TAKE ACTION: Get "Declaration of a Shelter Crisis" Funding Application on Escondido City Council Agenda

The League of Women Voters North County San Diego has strongly encouraged our local Mayors and City Councils to include a City Council Agenda Item for a Resolution that includes a Declaration of a Shelter Crisis for their city to apply for funding through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP).

ACTION:

  • Make your voice heard by sending emails and making phone calls to the City of Vista City Council.
  • Contact your local government representatives and encourage them to approve the application for funding.
  • Attend the  Escondido City of Council meeting at: City of Escondido – City Council Meeting, Wednesday, October 10th at 4:30pm

Mayor Sam Abed and Council Members of the City of Escondido

Phone:  (760) 839-4638

Go to website at www.escondido.org

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Background:  

In September 2018 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that cities can no longer use Camping Ordinances to cite homeless citizens making alternative actions critical. To help address the immediate homelessness challenges, The Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) became law in June 2018. A flexible $500 million block grant program makes new funds available to help cities deal with this unanticipated new responsibility -- $18 million will go directly to San Diego County cities IF they pass a "shelter crisis resolution." 

This money would be funneled to eligible cities through the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, which is the official Continuum of Care provider (CoC) for the entire County. Eligible uses for the funds include, but are not limited to:

  Services: Street outreach, health and safety education, criminal justice diversion programs, prevention services, navigation services, and operating support for short-term or comprehensive homeless services.

  Rental assistance/subsidies: Housing vouchers, rapid re-housing programs, and eviction prevention strategies.

  Capital improvements: Emergency shelter, transitional housing, drop-in centers, permanent supportive housing, small/tiny houses, and improvements to current structures that serve homeless individuals and families. 

Some communities are discussing solutions to address homelessness and the public health crisis by using funds for hand-washing stations or public toilet and shower facilities.  There are no restrictions about the City using the funds in partnership with local social service agencies.

There is great flexibility to use the funds locally to meet the local needs of cities and their homeless constituents.   The funds will be distributed within 60 days of receipt of a complete application. 

This is your chance to be heard.  Make a Difference.  Lead the Way.

Issues referenced by this action alert: