Eleven homeless people in South County will have housing in January, courtesy of a $107,000 grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The grant, announced last week, is part of the Continuum of Care program, which is awarding more than $216 million to nearly 700 new programs for the homeless.
In San Luis Obispo County, clients living in the permanent housing will also have case management linked to it.
Both will be operated by the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County.
This grant will be targeted to South County because there is no housing there associated with this source of funds, according to Morgan Torell of the county Planning and Building Department, who works on homeless issues.
San Luis Obispo County has been receiving federal help for two years, and receives $848,000 annually.
Current federal Continuum of Care grants from that pot of money include two permanent housing grants for clients in North County and Los Osos; a transitional housing and case management grant in San Luis Obispo; a supportive services-only grant in South County; and a grant to track homeless people, according to Torell.
Torell called the addition of the $107,100 to the Continuum of Care funds “a big success because, for the first time in years, the grant application was strong enough to meet a minimum threshold to be competitive.
“If the county can remain competitive in its grant application in future years, and HUD continues to fund new projects, it will be able to secure more funding for pro-jects that serve homeless persons,” Torell wrote in an email to The Tribune.
The county has other programs designed to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and it is already serving several hundred people.
The county released figures last week that showed nearly 4,000 homeless people in San Luis Obispo County, almost half of them children.