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Governor awards $20 Million for Tribal Homelessness and Housing Projects

SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 22, California Native American Day, Governor Gavin Newsom announced $20 million in grants to 22 Native American tribes to support projects aimed at addressing housing insecurity and preventing and ending homelessness in their communities.

The grantees span the state from San Diego County to Siskiyou County, and represent communities of varying sizes and capacities, including smaller and more rural tribes that often experience additional barriers to accessing funding and resources.

Newsom said, “In California, we recognize the strength our state’s diversity brings, and the need to address the housing challenges impacting communities of all backgrounds. California is supporting tribal communities across the state to implement solutions tailored to meet their unique needs.”

The grants, administered by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH), provide flexible funding to support priority housing and homelessness projects identified by each tribe.

“Native American communities face pressing and unique housing and homelessness challenges which require a thoughtful, government-to-government approach, which is why we worked closely with tribes in designing this program,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez, who co-chairs Cal ICH. “These significant financial resources will support 22 California tribes, of all sizes, to make investments to prevent and end homelessness and build safe, affordable housing.”

This is the second round of tribal funding provided through Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (Tribal HHAP) grants, totaling $40 million to date.

The Tribal HHAP program is part of California’s commitment to ensuring everyone has a safe and stable place to call home. The Newsom Administration has committed more than $30 billion to address housing and homelessness since taking office, with $3.5 billion for tackling homelessness in the 2023 state budget alone.

The list of 2023 Tribal HHAP grantees includes the following:

The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians in San Diego County will receive $1.3 million to support the development of affordable housing.*

The Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians in Riverside County will receive $500,000 to support their case management and housing programs.

The Pala Band of Mission Indians in San Diego County will receive $300,000 to support their efforts to prevent homelessness.*

The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians in San Diego County will receive $300,000 to support youth programs.

* Received a 2022 Tribal HHAP grant

 

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