On March 19 the City of Escondido applied for HEAP (Homeless Emergency Aid Program) funds to support a Homeless Case Management. On March 20, 2019, the City Council authorized a contract with Escondido-based Interfaith Community Services to provide the services. Whether the program goes forward is dependent upon receiving HEAP funds.
The city has applied for a total of $440,505 for two years. It is awaiting a decision on whether it will get the funds.
The State of California has recognized a need for funding at the local level to combat homelessness and has provided a $500 million block grant to cities, counties and Continuums of Care (CoCs) to address homelessness through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP.)
About $18.8 million was made available to the Regional Task Force for the Homeless (RTFH), the local CoC. On January 31, 2019, RTFH released a Request for Project Proposals seeking proposals from agencies interested in providing critical services that will support movement toward access to housing for people experiencing homelessness.
If the city is awarded its grant request of $225,505 for the first year and $215,000 for Year 2) in order to partner with Interfaith Community Services to provide dedicated homeless case management in Escondido. A social worker, hired by Interfaith, will be teamed with the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit—which is a unit of the Escondido Police Department, specifically for the purpose of case management and assisting in obtaining services for our homeless residents.
Interfaith will also be responsible for RTFH data management requirements under the grant. An Interfaith social worker will be uniquely positioned to leverage existing Interfaith programs and relationships to support unsheltered homeless persons in Escondido.