The City of Fontana is proud to announce another major milestone in its ongoing efforts to combat homelessness. Through dedicated collaboration and proactive advocacy, Fontana has secured a total of $15.3 million in grants to fund an innovative interim housing project aimed at providing essential support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
The cornerstone of this initiative is a $5 million grant from San Bernardino County, a testament to the fruitful partnership between Fontana and the County in addressing one of the most pressing challenges facing our community. This grant will facilitate the conversion of a property located at 17133 Valley Boulevard into interim housing, offering 120 beds.
In addition to the generous support from San Bernardino County, Fontana has received significant contributions from other funding sources. The City is pleased to announce the allocation of $4 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), secured through the dedicated efforts of Senator Padilla and Congressman Aguilar. This funding will play a crucial role in ensuring the success and sustainability of the interim housing project.
Furthermore, Fontana has allocated $6.3 million from its own American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to bolster this important initiative. These resources underscore Fontana's commitment to leveraging all available resources to provide comprehensive support to our most vulnerable community members.
Mayor Warren expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts that made this project possible, "This grant represents a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to address homelessness in Fontana. With the support of San Bernardino County, HUD, and our ARPA funds, we are expanding our capacity to provide vital housing resources for those most in need within our community."
County Supervisor Jesse Armendarez echoed Mayor Warren's sentiments, emphasizing the urgency of addressing homelessness and the importance of swift action. "Seniors, veterans, and at-risk youth are facing the harsh reality of homelessness, and we have a responsibility to act swiftly," said Supervisor Armendarez. "These programs will ensure that beds are made available within just months, allowing us to begin the crucial work of transitioning individuals off the streets and into housing programs."
San Bernardino County also awarded $5 million to the CityLink Campus Development. This significant endeavor, a collaboration between the Water of Life Community Church and the City of Fontana, will become a versatile center for community support outreach and supportive housing. CityLink Campus Development is designed to enhance vital services like food distribution, temporary housing, childcare, and permanent housing, in so doing substantially boosting shelter and housing options throughout the county.
Fontana remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing initiatives that enhance the well-being of its residents and foster a compassionate and inclusive community.