In the fall of 2018, the State of California announced a one-time, state-wide funding opportunity called the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP). This funding opportunity supports homeless-related services and capital projects. The State allocated approximately $4.8 million to Marin County. The Homeless Policy Steering Committee (Marin County’s local Continuum of Care) who is required to determine the best use of this funding, has recommended rewarding approximately $307,965 to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin for a diversion program (i.e., trying to reconnect people with friends and family or other housing opportunities outside of our limited local supportive housing stock), and $4,523,891 to Homeward Bound of Marin for their “Mill Street 2.0” project (a proposed 32-unit permanent supportive housing development). To comply with State requirements, the City is required to adopt a resolution declaring a shelter crisis to award the funds. This item will do just that.
For more information, read the staff report.