The City of San Diego provides a number of programs designed to assist individuals and families to stabilize in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. Under a memorandum of understanding, the San Diego Housing Commission, on behalf of the City of San Diego, administers City programs that provide shelter and services to the homeless population. Generally, funding sources for the homeless programs include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Emergency Solutions Grants Program and the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program, and also include local sources such as the City of San Diego's general fund and Housing Commission funds. Additional information can be found by visiting the Housing Commission's website at www.sdhc.org/Homeless-Solutions/.
Emergency Solutions Grant Program
Emergency Solutions Grants Program supports programs that assist individuals and families to stabilize in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness by providing client-appropriate housing and supportive service solutions. The Emergency Solutions Grants Program provides funding to: (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; (3) help operate shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents; (5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and (6) prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.
Funds may be used for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and Homeless Management Information Systems; as well as administrative activities.
Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program (CDBG)
The Communtiy Development Block Grant Entitlement Program is "a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs ." The program seeks to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.
Recipient communities may undertake a wide range of community-based activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and community services, facilities and improvements. Entitlement communities develop their programs and set their funding priorities in conformance with the statutory standards, program regulations, and other federal requirements.
Since management of the program largely falls to the recipient communities, the City has the latitude to decide how to best meet its own community's needs. These needs are defined in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
City of San Diego General Funds
General Funds provide core community services such as public safety (including police and fire protection), library services, homeless services, parks and recreation and other vital support functions such as finance, legal and human resources. With ending homelessness as one of the City of San Diego's top priorities, the City's General Fund provides the "continuation of funding for homeless services that focus on permanent solutions to end homelessness."
Funding is allocated to the following programs: Year-Round Interim Housing, Connections Housing, Serial Inebriate Program, and Transitional Storage Center. These programs "assist individuals and families to stabilize in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness by providing client-appropriate housing and supportive service solutions."
Through contracts with nonprofit service providers, the City of San Diego leverages federal and local funds to create outcome-focused services and critical program enhancements resulting in the most effective use of resources. These funds enable the City to offer a wide array of housing facilities and services such as: