Funding the fight

After a long delay, HUD announces grants for homeless service providers

Butte County agencies combating homelessness will receive nearly $1 million in state and federal funds in the next year.

The Butte Countywide Homelessness Continuum of Care—which is responsible for facilitating grant funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and state Department of Housing and Community Development—informed local service providers of competitive funding awards for the 2017-18 fiscal year Jan. 11. HUD awarded a total of $559,817 to local agencies, a slight increase over the $545,894 received last year.

Agencies that will receive money for various programs are the Community Action Agency, Chico Community Shelter Partnership (which oversees the Torres Community Shelter), Butte County Behavioral Health Services, Caminar and Catalyst Domestic Violence Services.

The state will distribute an additional $403,226 in Emergency Solution Grant money.

The award announcement came late this funding cycle, according to Thomas Tenorio (pictured), chair of the CoC, who said the results were originally expected in October.