California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) Program Receives Leadership Council Approval

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News Date: 
September 5, 2019
Chinatown Planning Area

In September 2018, the City of Salinas (City) Community Development Department (CDD) Housing Division submitted a proposal to become the Administrative Entity (AE), a unique role for a City, under the State of California Housing and Community Development (HCD) California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) grant program.  The City was awarded a total of $1,027,285 for the first round of CESH funding and recently made funding recommendations to the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers Leadership Council. The funding recommendations were endorsed on September 4, 2019 and the City, through extensive collaboration with Partners, aims to achieve functional zero homelessness in the Chinatown and Downtown districts.  Funding will be utilized for street outreach, a navigation & wellness center, engagement, housing location & navigation, access to rental subsidies, and supportive services to assist in the retention of housing.  The City also applied in June 2019 for a second round of CESH in the amount of $562,276 and is awaiting (HCD) approval.