26th Assembly District awarded $1.4M for homelessness prevention


California Department of Housing and Community Development allocates $1.4 million to homelessness prevention; Visalia, Kings and Tulare counties issued $521,522
SACRAMENTO – Last week the California Department of Housing and Community Development issued a letter to Assemblyman Devon Mathis’ office notifying him that his district will benefit from $1.4 million in homelessness prevention.
Issued through the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program; Visalia, Kings County, and Tulare County were issued $521,522. The program’s activities include rapid rehousing assistance, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention and street outreach.
“The ESG Program is primarily to assist in eliminating homelessness, which requires assisting individuals and families to achieve economic and social independence,” the letter stated.
Other cities and counties in the district that received ESG dollars were: Kern County and Bakersfield, $552,708; Inyo County, $348,796.
“[Assemblyman Mathis] went to an emergency task force on homelessness meeting [in the district in October] and he got really motivated…and he wanted to get a little piece of the pie,” said acting chief of staff Justin Turner.