Economy

Senator Pat Bates Helps Secure Funding for Homelessness Programs in San Diego

Sen. Pat Bates, (R-Laguna Niguel), announced that the County of San Diego was awarded nearly $500,000 in funding for programs created to decrease homelessness by the California Department of Housing and Community Development Monday.

According to Sen. Bates, the County of San Diego received $453, 822 in grant funding and the Orange County received $605,188.

The funding grants will be allocated towards several programs and services designed to reduce homelessness such as re-housing assistance, emergency shelters, and substance abuse treatment.

Homelessness has been a growing issue throughout California and San Diego County for many years which is why Sen. Bates has engaged in several efforts to combat this issue.

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In 2018, Bates co-authored bill AB 448 which was created to reduce homelessness by developing permanent housing in Southern California. Sen. Bates also announced in October a similar grant funding in which San Diego was granted $1.4 million and Orange County $1.1 million.

Bates will continue to work with all levels of government to ensure that every community receives the necessary funding to reduce homelessness.