RTFH Changes its Name to Better Reflect the Reality of People Experiencing Homelessness

What may seem like a minor change is intended to send a very big message from the non-profit organization that leads, coordinates, promotes and advocates for innovative solutions to prevent and end homelessness in the San Diego region.

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Public Input on the Regional Community Action Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in San Diego

On behalf of the CoC, the RTFH is seeking input from the community on the draft Regional Community Action Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in San Diego. This is very much a working draft and the RTFH is encouraging honest and open feedback on the content within this initial draft to create a final plan for the region that can guide efforts.

About the Plan: At this time there is no single plan across the entire region that aligns all stakeholders in a common vision, guiding principles, and goals and strategies. In the region there are various sub-regional plans, plans that have been adopted by individual cities, sub-population focused plans such as our Coordinated Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness, as well as guiding plans at the federal and state levels. The purpose of the Regional Plan is to be a “Plan of Plans” and serve as a single unified vision and strategy that lifts up all of the existing frameworks and adopted plans and aligns under a common regional direction. It is important to note that the Regional Plan does not at this time include an implementation plan, as this will be developed and finalized once the plan is adopted.

To Provide Input: To review the draft Regional Plan please click here.

If you would like to provide input on the draft plan please use this survey link. The public comment period closes at 5pm on September 30, 2021

The RTFH also hosted a webinar on September 8, 2021 to provide an overview of the plan to the public and walkthrough the process to provide input. The webinar recording can be accessed by clicking here.

Any questions on the draft plan or additional comments or attachments can be directed to Kris Kuntz, RTFH Chief Policy Officer, at kris.kuntz@rtfhsd.org

Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) 

The Regional Task Force on Homelessness is pleased to announce that on May 5, 2021, as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a PIH Notice 2021-15 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV)-Operating Requirements. 70,000 Vouchers were awarded to approximately 700 Public Housing Authorities (PHA) nationwide. In San Diego County, four PHAs were awarded vouchers totaling a minimum of 819 vouchers (updated by HUD 6/22/2021). All four PHA’s have responded to HUD and have accepted the vouchers.
Public Housing Authority Minimum Number of Emergency Housing Vouchers
San Diego Housing Commission 480
County of San Diego 264
City of Oceanside 43
City of National City 32
HUD has established specific eligibility and operating requirements for the EHVs.  Eligibility for these EHVs is limited to individuals and families who are:
  1. Homeless;
  2. At risk of homelessness;  
  3. Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking; or
  4. Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.

HUD requires that PHAs partner with the Continuum of Care (CoC) or other homeless or victim services providers to assist qualifying households through a direct referral process. CoCs are responsible for determining whether a household qualifies under one of the four eligibility categories for EHVs and PHAs must only accept referrals for EHVs directly from the CoCs Coordinated Entry System (CES) or from Victim Service Provider (VSP).

The RTFH as the Lead Agency for San Diego region’s CoC has partnered with all four PHAs to plan for and implement a successful and sustainable EHV program in the San Diego region. RTFH and the four PHAs are committed to a successful EHV program and recognize the importance of a joint communication strategy to keep San Diegan’s informed of EHV program requirements and how to access EHVs. 

RTFH and the PHAs hosted a webinar to further explain the program and if you should refer participants you are working with, as provided in the links below. 

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Statement on Racial Inequality and Action

The Regional Task Force on Homelessness stands in solidarity with our member organizations and community members in condemning the violence and injustice perpetrated against Black Americans.

Homelessness disproportionately affects people of color in the San Diego region and reflects the economic and racial divides that persist in this country. The RTFH is committed to addressing racial inequality and amplifying the perspectives of people of color with lived experience in our work, communication, and organizational decision-making. 

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