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Community Based Transitional Housing Grants Application Now Available

September 23, 2016
The Department of Finance (DOF) this week released the application for the community housing grants.
 
Applications will be accepted on a first come basis over a two-year period that begins Oct. 1, 2016. DOF will stop accepting applications when the $25 million appropriation is fully awarded even if that occurs prior to Oct. 1, 2018. The application is available on DOF’s website.

Cities and counties will be eligible for grants under the new Community-Based Transitional-Housing Program. Established by SB 837, a budget trailer bill approved in June, the program provides $25 million in grants for cities or counties that agree to site transitional housing connected with support services for recently released offenders. Individual grants can be up to $2 million, depending on the size of the facility, and priorities will be provided for applications with local matching contributions.

Key features include:
  • The applying city or county must agree to issue a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a facility providing transitional housing and supportive services for ex-offenders released from county jail or state prison. While the measure is primarily directed at ex-offenders there is some additional flexibility on the types of individuals housed. The CUP must be for at least 10 years.
  • An experienced facility operator must be identified.
  • As part of application process, the local agency must include a list of “all permitted facilities … that in a residential setting, provide transitional housing services, psychological counseling, or cognitive behavioral therapy.” This list must include the number of residents residing in each facility in their jurisdiction, including those on probation or parole. Presumably, state agencies must provide a local agency the information necessary to assemble this information.
  • Sixty percent of the grant may be retained by the approving jurisdiction, and can be used for public safety enhancements, community outreach efforts, or any other community-based activities that the local agency believes will improve community relations or concerns with the facility.
  • Forty percent of the funding must be shared by the local agency with nonprofit facility operators to support start-up costs, service provision, security improvements, rehabilitative services and community outreach.
  • Participating local agencies and facility operators must submit annual reports, as specified. 


 
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