Homeless Coalition nets $133K grant

Tony Ramos is seen here sitting at his camp site behind Jerry's in June of 2010.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development approved a grant for $133,000 for the San Benito County Homeless Coalition from its emergency solutions grant program.

The Homeless Coalition of San Benito County will host its eighth annual Jazz Under the Stars fundraiser July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Benedict’s Hall, 1200 Fairview Road. The event will feature Magnolia Jazz Band, food, wine and a silent auction. Tables are available for 10 people for $500 or individual tickets are available for $50 per person. Diamond Sponsors get a table for 10 for $1,000. The event is outdoors and is open to guests 21 and older. To RSVP, call Doug Emerson at 831-637-8399.

The program has allocated $11.5 million in federal funds to 30 California counties. The grants will be used by nonprofits and local governments to prevent homelessness and help residents who are currently homeless.
“These awards will help communities provide housing and help toward ending chronic homelessness within California,” said Randall A. Deems, the acting director of HCD.
Grants were awarded to 50 organizations in the state out of 135 applicants who requested $21.8 million.
The following activities will be supported with this year’s grants:
60 local grant administration
57 emergency shelter projects
55 homeless management information system projects
24 rapid re-housing projects
13 homeless prevention projects
5 street outreach projects

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