In 2018, the RTFH became a funder for the CoC region under two different funding opportunities. These are both 2 year funding sources, which the amounts outlined below will reflect.
Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)
The State of California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, in conjunction with the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, announced the availability of one‐time grant funding to provide assistance to Continuum of Care to address the homelessness crisis. HEAP is authorized by SB 850 and was signed into law on July 27, 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown. HEAP provides one-time flexible block grant funds of $18.8 million to be distributed by the RTFH. This one-time funding is intended to provide immediate emergency assistance to people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness in San Diego County.
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)
In July of 2018, the RTFH CoC was awarded the YHDP grant by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the amount of $7.94 million through national competition to prevent and end youth homelessness in the San Diego region.
The YHDP award in conjunction with the region’s Coordinated Community Plan will move the CoC forward in creating appropriate system capacity, and full implementation of a youth coordinated entry system to identify and quickly link all homeless youth to tailored and scaled housing and services. This grant will expand the community’s capacity to serve homeless youth, pilot new models of assistance, and determine what array of interventions is necessary to serve the target population in their community.