SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) applauds the U.S. Housing and Urban Development for its continued commitment to prevent and end homelessness. San Mateo County will receive almost $6 million to provide permanent and transitional housing, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. HUD has awarded $1.5 billion to more than 7,100 local homeless programs across the country to ensure these housing and service programs remain open in 2012. California will receive a total of $236 million.

“We have over 2,000 homeless people on any given night in the county. Almost half of them depend on shelters and treatment centers,“ Speier said. “Keeping the doors open at these facilities is essential to help homeless families and individuals in these tough economic times.”

According to 2011 Census numbers San Mateo County has seen a 17 % increase in homelessness from 2009, many of them living in cars and many of them families. This is counter to a national trend. According to HUD, about 3,000 cities and counties reported 636,000 homeless persons on a single night in January 2011, decline of 2.1% from 2010.
The San Mateo County recipients of HUD grants are SAFAH, Spring Street Transitional Housing, South San Mateo County Women’s SHP, SHP Scattered Site, Shelter Plus Care, Vendome,  Redwood Family House, Next Step Center, Maple Street, HOPE House Transitional, First Step for Families, Family Crossroads, Bridges, Casa de Sor Juana Ines, Bridges, SAYAT and Safe Harbor.