The cities of Pleasanton and Livermore have been awarded a $900,000 grant from federal stimulus money to fund homeless prevention and housing efforts, it was announced Wednesday.
Administered through the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development, the grant for Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Funds (HPRP) will fund a variety of services in the Tri-Valley that will prevent homelessness or house individuals that are currently homeless from 2009-2012. The grant, filed jointly by the two cities, will be leveraged with Alameda County HPRP funds to provide the same services to the city of Dublin, according to Pleasanton city spokeswoman Joanne Hall.
The grant will help families with incomes of less than $42,050 for a family of four. Such services will include paying one-time back rent and utility bills, and housing for individuals and families that are currently homeless. Any person or family that receives assistance with HPRP dollars must work with a case manager to develop a plan to help them stabilize their housing situation, Hall said.
The Tri-Valley cities are working with each county jurisdiction to create a county-wide implementation system that is accessible, eliminates duplication of services and provides common outcome data with measurable results, Hall added. Six resource hubs, known as Housing Resource Centers (HRC), will be geographically dispersed throughout the county. All potential clients must receive an initial consultation, eligibility determination, and assessment/screening for the program.
Those interested in applying for aid can call 2-1-1 to obtain a referral. The Tri-Valley HRC will be staffed by Horizon's Family Counseling, a division of the Livermore Police Department, which will make referrals to either Tri-Valley Haven or Abode Services to obtain assistance.
HPRP services to the public will begin on Nov. 2.