There will be no impact to the County General Fund. All housing and services associated with this program will be funded by the grant after the Board approves actions to implement the program. Among the implementing actions would be a request for an appropriation modification to recognize the revenues and expenditures associated with the program. In November 2014, the Mental Health Department (MHD) will bring to the Board recommendations to implement the program.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
On September 5, 2014, HUD notified the MHD that HUD had to execute the Grant Agreement (Agreement) by September 30, 2014, to ensure the grant funds were encumbered. In order to meet this deadline, the MHD needed to send a copy of the Agreement with all Santa Clara County signatures to HUD by September 19, 2014. As the MHD did not have enough time to send the Agreement to the Board of Supervisors for approval, the MHD requested that the County Executive execute the Agreement on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. The Agreement was signed by the County Executive on September 17, 2014.
In accordance with Board of Supervisors policy, the Agreement must be ratified by the Board of Supervisors. The MHD received the fully executed Agreement from HUD on September 26, 2014, and this is the first opportunity that the MHD has had to send the fully executed Agreement to the Board of Supervisors for ratification.
The grant agreement with HUD would provide the County with more resources to serve chronically homeless individuals and families. The grant would fund permanent housing subsidies for approximately 14 chronically homeless households who are enrolled in case management services under the Housing 1000 Care Coordination Project.
This funding opportunity aligns with the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System’s Strategic Road Map “Triple Aim Plus” Objectives by providing funding for housing subsidies; thus, increasing the number of healthy life years and decreasing the burden of illness for chronically homeless individuals and families in Santa Clara County.
Through permanent supportive housing, the recommended action would improve the health and stability of children and youth who are in families experiencing chronic homelessness.
Through permanent supportive housing, the recommended action would improve the health and stability of chronically homeless seniors.
The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.
The County submitted the “Santa Clara County Scattered Site Rental Assistance Program (SCC Scattered Site RAP) grant” to HUD in December 2012. The grant is intended to support the community’s efforts to end and prevent chronic homelessness. According to HUD’s 2013 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, Santa Clara County had the fourth highest number of chronically homeless individuals on any given night in the country.
To fully implement the program, the Office of Supportive Housing will prepare recommendations for the Board of Supervisors’ November 4, 2015, meeting.
CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION
The County would not be able to accept the housing resources from HUD.
STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL
Upon approval, the Clerk of the Board is requested to send email notification to Don Casillas: email@example.com and Eva Ching: Eva.Ching@hhs.sccgov.org of the Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS).