California picked for special federal homeless effort

The number of people living in cars, under bridges or in tents – or worse – in California now approaches the population of the Central Valley city of Visalia, the California Housing Finance Agency says. “Homelessness is a critical issue in California, and it has a far-reaching effect, from contributing to poor health to increasing behavioral health problems,” says Claudia Cappio, executive director of CalHFA. “Many people don’t realize how close some Californians, including their family members or friends, are to being homeless.” CalHFA has been selected by the federal government to participate in a groundbreaking federal program to help ease chronic homelessness, an issue that affects about 136,000 people in the state. While more than a dozen groups in the state that work closely on homelessness will participate in the program, CalHFA will lead the effort, which will be jointly coordinated by the state Department of Housing and Community Development and CalHFA.

Central Valley Business Times

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