The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on July 9 approved awarding $4.6 million in funding to 14 independent projects designed to aid the hundreds of homeless men, women and children in the county.
The funding originated at the state level. The projects were developed by nine nonprofit, private and governmental agencies and organizations that took part in a months-long competitive grant process.
Of the projects approved 13 received partial funding. The only project to earn full funding was nonprofit Spread the Love’s “basic needs project” for $84,015.
The funds will go to buying three mobile hand washing stations and a four-stall portable shower trailer stocked with toiletries and other sanitary items, and for the purchase of a van for outreach work. According to the proposal, 400 unduplicated men, women and children will be served by the project over two years.
The largest award went to CRP Affordable Housing and Economic Development LLC led by local developer Ray Roben. His company was awarded $2.6 million for the development of Heber Family Apartments, a new 48-unit affordable housing project.
Twenty-four units in the project will be dedicated to providing “permanent supportive housing for homeless and at risk of homelessness populations.”
The Imperial County Workforce and Development Department had the most projects approved, with three proposals totaling $642,100. Two are rental-assistance programs and one is a capital improvement project that involves the purchase of three new mobile homes to provide permanent housing for the homeless.
The mobile homes will be placed at the Imperial Valley Housing Authority’s Robert Noriega Mobile Home Park in Brawley and will provide 14 total beds.
Other approved projects include:
Spread the Love, including $60,000 in rental assistance for security deposits, short-term rent assistance, and utility payments for formerly homeless people entering permanent housing.
Imperial Valley College, two projects approved, one for homelessness diversion for $215,985; and the second for “Project DREAM” for $242,971. The latter will provides homeless prevention and supportive services.
Calexico Housing Authority, $118,620 in rental subsidy/assistance for its Villa Sur Apartments to cover 30 units for two years.
Neighborhood House of Calexico, $130,000 for a “Homeless Navigation Center” focused on assisting individuals and families with finding permanent housing and arranging long-term and ongoing supportive services for homelessness prevention.