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Homeless Encampment Clean-Up Grant Applications Available

July 22, 2016
Grant applications are now available for CalRecycle’s Solid Waste Site Cleanup Program — funding that has been used successfully by cities to assist with the cleanup homeless encampments.
 
Upcoming deadlines to apply for Illegal Disposal Site Abatement Grants are Aug. 2, Nov. 2 and Feb. 2.
Through the Illegal Disposal Site Abatement Grant program, CalRecycle allocates up $1 million per year to public entities, with a maximum of $500,000 per grant. Matching funds are not required. Additional information is available on the CalRecycle website.
 
Among recent recipients of the Illegal Disposal Site Abatement Grants were the cities of Santa Rosa and Petaluma, which used the funding as part of their larger efforts to address homelessness. Much of the CalRecycle funding was used to clean up encampments generating trash and waste that ended up in the creeks and other waterways in those communities.
 
In prioritizing sites to receive available funding, CalRecycle considers the following:
  • Degree of risk to public health and safety and the environment;
  • Ability of the owner to clean up the site without monetary assistance;
  • CalRecycle’s ability to adequately remediate the site with available funds;
  • Amount of contributions of money and/or in‐kind services from governments or responsible parties; and
  • Ability to obtain site access. 
Illegal Disposal Site Abatement Grants are one of four portions of CalRecycle’s Solid Waste Site Cleanup Program.
 
Created in 1994, the Solid Waste Site Cleanup Program aims to address the cleanup of solid waste disposal sites for which the responsible party cannot be identified or is unable or unwilling to pay for timely cleanup needed to protect public health, public safety or the environment.
 
Three other types of funding are available:
  • CalRecycleManaged Cleanup: CalRecycle is authorized to spend funds directly to investigate and/or remediate sites where the responsible party (public and in some cases private) is unwilling or willing but does not have the necessary resources or expertise to implement the cleanup in a timely manner.
  • Legacy Disposal Site Abatement Grant: Public entities may receive financial assistance in the form of reimbursement grants up to $750,000 to assist with remediating old solid waste disposal sites and protecting public health and safety and the environment.
  • Loans to Local Governments: Loans up to $1,000,000 per site are available to local governments that demonstrate that site remediation is needed to protect public health and safety and the environment and that the local government has the ability to repay the loan.


 
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