03/15/11

NEW CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE NORTH COUNTY FAMILY HOMELESSNESS GETS MAJOR BOOST

San Diego – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a loan with North County Solutions for Change to secure $3.4 million in federal funding. The money is through the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Primrose Apartments in Vista.

 

The grant was made possible after Board Chairman Bill Horn put North County Solutions for Change President and Executive Director Chris Megison in touch with David Estrella, Director of the County’s Department of Housing & Community Development.

The grant involves “Finding Our Way Home,” a 1,000-day initiative to help rebuild the lives of 200 families (400 children), placing them in 200 new homes and equipping them with resources to combat homelessness.

Horn said, “When Chris Megison came to me asking for help to solve family homelessness, he detailed the scope of the problem in North County. It’s terrible that children don’t have a warm bed to sleep in at night or even a roof over their heads. I made a few phone calls and that got things rolling in the right direction.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on March 9 in Fallbrook at one of nine homes in North County that have been rehabilitated.

The County of San Diego partnered with Solutions for change to help them secure funding to acquire and rehabilitate nine rental properties. Because Solutions for Change is a qualifying Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), they were able to compete for the funds to develop affordable housing.

The purpose of Home Investment Partnerships is to encourage acquisition, rehabilitation, and use foreclosed and abandoned properties. Solutions for Change was able to acquire single family residences and a duplex through the program.

“North County Solutions for Change,” said Horn, “has developed a remarkable program that keeps the focus on families. They teach practical life skills such as being financially savvy, achieving a greater level of work goals and learning to live independently. This is what real hope is about.”

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