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Acting Mayor London Breed and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Announce $41.4 Million in Federal Grants to Address Homelessness

Funding allocation represents 29 percent increase from last year’s total

Acting Mayor London Breed and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing today announced the City will receive $41.4 million in federal grants to support homelessness initiatives in San Francisco.

“Across our nation, cities are struggling with the crisis of homelessness,” said Acting Mayor Breed. “If we are to solve this complex issue, we can’t do it alone. We need a sustained commitment from all levels of government. This federal funding will help us expand on solutions proven to be effective, such as creating more permanent supportive housing units and strengthening our rapid rehousing programs.”

The funding is being awarded as part of the Continuum of Care (CoC) program supported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The $41.4 million allocated to San Francisco represents a 29 percent increase from last year’s $32.2 million total.

“HUD’s Continuum of Care funding provides vital resources to a wide range of programs and projects that are effective in the fight to end homelessness in our community,” said Jeff Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.  “This year’s record funding level recognizes the great work that our City and nonprofit partners are engaged in and a welcome investment in our work to make significant and sustained reductions in homelessness over the next five years.”

The HUD Continuum of Care grant will support 57 initiatives in San Francisco, with the funds primarily going toward permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing efforts. The grant will support three expansion projects in San Francisco, funding a total of 31 new permanent supportive housing units to sites in the Tenderloin, SoMa District and Mission Bay neighborhoods.

Additionally, one transitional housing project will be funded, along with the City’s Coordinated Entry efforts and three Homeless Management Information System projects. The award also includes a non-renewable $944,592 planning grant.    

This year’s CoC funding is the highest amount San Francisco has ever received. The City has seen a 105 percent increase in HUD CoC funding since 2011, when San Francisco received $20.1 million in grant funds. 

“I would like to recognize the hard work of the City for its creative projects to address the plight of those San Francisco residents who endure the worst of times on our streets and in our shelters,” said Del Seymour, co-chair Local Homeless Coordinating Board. “The recent awards in our CoC funding is a testament to the caliber of work that our local service providers play in this effort to provide superior management of the needy.”

The CoC program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to ending homelessness by providing funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and state and local governments to quickly rehouse individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

“HUD is committed to ending homelessness in California,” said Regional Administrator Jimmy Stracner. “On this issue, partnership trumps partisanship. Homelessness is a national problem with local solutions and HUD is partnering to fund 57 housing and services programs in San Francisco. These interventions are critical to getting to results on an issue that affects any and every community.”