Pilot Program to Address Veteran Homelessness in Encinitas – $108,000 in Funding Approved for Collaborative Pilot Program
San Diego, CA (Monday, May 2, 2016) – Interfaith Community Services (Interfaith) and Community Resource Center (CRC) announce the launch of an innovative one-year Pilot Program to address veteran homelessness in Encinitas. Last week, the City of Encinitas announced that it would provide $107,905 in funding for the program. Both Interfaith and CRC are nonprofit organizations providing crucial social services in North San Diego County.
The Encinitas pilot program aligns with a countywide regional project, Opening Doors San Diego. Opening Doors evolved from a national effort known as the 25 Cities Initiative, a federal Housing and Urban Development agency program to end veteran homelessness in 25 cities with high concentrations of homeless people, including the city of San Diego. Interfaith and CRC will collaborate on the project, with CRC providing an MSW to serve as a “Housing Navigator,” and Interfaith providing housing placement assistance.
While homeless veterans will be a priority, the Pilot Project will also address the chronically homeless. Interfaith and CRC anticipate that the pilot program will place approximately 25 homeless households (with an emphasis on veterans) into permanent housing. According to Greg Anglea, Executive Director of Interfaith, “Interfaith Community Services and Community Resource Center will be empowered to reach every single veteran who is homeless in Encinitas and connect them to a housing resource. The goal is to connect every veteran to a home.”
“The Pilot Program will leverage the strengths and resources of both nonprofits,” says CRC acting Executive Director Robert Kent. “Right from the start, we looked at this as an opportunity for the community of Encinitas to create a sustainable program for its most vulnerable citizens.”
“Encinitas is a welcoming community that values each and every one of its residents. That philosophy is demonstrated through the city’s willingness to adopt and provide funding for this vital program, which will enhance countywide efforts,” says CRC Director of Programs Rebecca Palmer.
Anglea agrees, “As a region, we are bringing together resources in a way they have not been before. A year from now, we will have a replicable program model that could be implemented in cities and communities across San Diego County, and beyond.”
About Interfaith Community Services ….As North County’s largest social services agency, Interfaith Community Services (Interfaith) has been “helping people help themselves” since 1979. The organization provides a wide range of programs designed to empower hungry, homeless, and low-income community members to begin a pathway towards self-sufficiency. Each year, Interfaith Community Services impacts over 16,000 community members by providing basic needs and nutrition support, social services, shelters and housing, employment development, youth programs, senior services, veterans programs and addiction recovery support.
About Community Resource Center…Located in Encinitas, California, Community Resource Center (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is “to provide families in need and victims of domestic violence with safety, stability and a path to self-sufficiency.” Established in 1979, CRC is the primary provider of social services and domestic violence programs in coastal North San Diego County.