San Bernardino Community Development and Housing programs.
A major focus of Community Development and Housing is on solving housing emergencies and advocating so that affordable options are available across an San Bernardino. Depending on funding levels and what the resident needs, everything from emergency funds to pay for certain expenses to mediation is available. Some resources are available directly by Community Development and Housing, and many others are addressed by referrals. So note that many of the solutions require referrals from state of California or city agencies, and eligibility requirements apply.
Especially when it comes to homeowners facing foreclosure, due to the expense involved in helping with a mortgage, most of those solutions involve mediation. People who rent their home are more likely to be able to receive financial help, but even that is limited. In all cases, individuals will need to participate in budgeting and other self-sufficiency classes so that they can afford to pay the expenses on their own in the future.
Community Development and Housing can help families avoid homelessness. Or for those without a place to live, then case managers can direct them to emergency shelter and then eventual transition to permanent housing.
- Homeless prevention is always the preference, and it can help families who are at risk of becoming homeless stay in their apartment or home. There may be funds for everything from paying rent to utility bills.
- Short term, 24/7 shelter is for families in crisis and without a place to live. Guests are given a bed and hot meals, as well as can take part in case management.
- Transitional housing in San Bernardino County includes apartment-based shelter. This also comes with support services for homeless families or single parents who are working.
- Assistance in moving into permanent housing. This also offers one time help for paying the security deposit or first months rent.
- Free foreclosure counseling is for homeowners.
Homelessness Prevention helps families who are at risk. Whether the challenge is a pay or quit notice from a landlord, or foreclosure filing, many people in crisis need only a one-time intervention. This can be key to keeping them in their homes and to avoiding a disruptive stay in an emergency shelter.
Community Development and Housing case managers work with struggling families to resolve the problems that are putting their housing in jeopardy. In some cases, applications to cash grants or other forms of limited financial assistance is available for rent and utility arrearage. The staff will also help people connect with the services they need.
No matter what the housing crisis is, both stabilization and employment services are mandated. This will help the low income and formerly homeless remain housed. Case managers will partner with the client to both help them further their education and find jobs in San Bernardino County. This is the only real solution, that being a stable income that allows the family to be able to pay the bills on their own in the future.
Also, anyone who uses a shelter or transitional program above will need to meet with social workers. An assessment will take place. As part of that process, and based on the results, the staff will provide crisis intervention as well as referrals for each family.
Community Development and Housing staff work with clients. They can direct them to some form of solution to address their need, no matter what it is. Case managers will help them address the problems that led to their becoming homeless. As part of this process, if the family is found to be qualified, there may be applications to one time financial aid to help them with their housing expenses, whether rent or some other cost.
Participating families of any of the programs will be able meet with a skilled team. The staff at Community Development and Housing are well trained. They will even bring in other agencies or the San Bernardino Department of Human Services if needed.
Residents will be able to meet with case managers, housing specialists, social workers and employment specialists. This group of highly trained professionals will conduct ongoing assessment of each client to identify the challenge, and enroll them into a solution. The goal is to solve the issue that caused them to become homeless in the first place.
All across San Bernardino County are dozens of transitional housing centers. These were set up as apartment-based shelter type units, but they are for mid to long term needs. The locations will allow people to live independently while receiving case management.
The buildings allow families, including veterans or senior citizens, to receive services on site. The tenant will be able to access jobs and enroll into local schools. Many workshops are part of transitional housing, and the services are extensive. Clients will be able to gain skills and work towards independence. The long term goal is to get people into safe and affordable permanent housing.
The agency also provides stabilization services to tenants after they exit shelter. Or it can be a resource for a tenant that just moved into a new apartment. Community Development and Housing stabilization is a tool used to allow people to succeed over the long term, and it includes the following.
- Supportive case management, including tenancy support.
- Job placement, employment and career counseling from professionals.
- Connections to both non-profit community resources as well as public benefits, including HUD programs.
- Information on how to save money for buying a home and applying for a mortgage.
Rapid Re-Housing is what is used to transition homeless people into their own apartments or homes. Families enrolled in the services above receive information on rental subsidies, including section 8. Or they can learn about places to contact for funds for paying security deposits or other moving cots.
Employment Services includes job search and education. These career development resources help people work for success. This is for both unemployed parents looking for jobs or those that are looking for a positions that will pay them more money. Community Development and Housing will strive to give clients the best possible chance for long term self-sufficiency. There will be access to internet workstations to research job boards, One-on-one help preparing resumes, referrals of qualified candidates for appropriate positions, and staff also offer post-placement support.
For referrals on any type of housing solutions, call 888-435-7565.