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File #: 2021-1004   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 7/20/2021
Title: Recommendation to Receive Direction from City Council Regarding Uses for a Potential Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Grant Award. (Community Development 267) [Not heard on June 15, 2021]
Attachments: 1. Correspondence from City Manager, 2. Correspondence
Title

Recommendation to Receive Direction from City Council Regarding Uses for a Potential Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Grant Award. (Community Development 267) [Not heard on June 15, 2021]

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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The County of Alameda (County) has shared information with the City of Alameda (City) regarding a potential award of Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) grant funds in the amount of $285,767. In order to prepare to receive the grant award staff is requesting direction from City Council. Staff recommends allocating the funds as follows:

* $125,000 to provide overnight shelter;
* $75,000 to augment existing street outreach with mental health services; and
* $85,767 for flexible funds, which includes one-time assistance for homeless prevention. This includes assistance for car repairs, paying back rent, utilities, etc. for previously homeless or those most vulnerable and on the verge of becoming homeless.

BACKGROUND

HHAP is authorized by Assembly Bill (AB) 101 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 159, Statutes of 2019) and AB 83 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 15, Statutes of 2020). Round one funding totaled $650 million and supports regional coordination and expansion or development of local capacity to address immediate homelessness challenges. The County received $8,754,710 in round one funds to support the continuum of care. The City will benefit indirectly from these funds. Round two funding totaled $300 million and provides support to local jurisdictions to continue to build on regional collaboration developed through previous rounds of Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding and to develop a unified regional response to homelessness. Alameda County's allocation totals $4,002,153. Funds must be used based on best practices to transition the unhoused to permanent housing. Awards to counties are based on the County's proportionate share of the state's homeless po...

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