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SOUTH BAY HOMELESS ALLIANCE HOUSES FAMILY IN CHULA VISTA
A new collaborative effort in the South Bay moved a family into their first home last week ending months of homelessness. A mother, “Ellen,” her 18-year old college student son, her 16-year old daughter, and 11-year old son are grateful and excited to move into permanent housing after living in their car and “couch surfing” with friends.
Thanks to the South Bay Homeless Alliance, Ellen and her children are now in a safe environment after leaving a domestic violence situation. The South Bay Homeless Alliance is a collaborative partnership with the City of Chula Vista, its Housing Division, the City’s HOT (Homeless Outreach Team) consisting of CVPD officers, City Park Rangers, Psychiatric Emergency Response Team clinician, the Alpha Project, and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Administration as well as National City, its NCPD HOT and Neighborhood Services Department. The family is the first to accept assistance from the newly formed Alliance.
Funding for the South Bay Homeless Alliance has been obtained from various sources including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the State’s Homeless Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP). This is the first year the City of Chula Vista has been awarded funding from HEAP.
In addition to the much-needed housing for Ellen’s family, Jerome’s Furniture Store in Chula Vista donated furniture for the home. Ellen, who has overcome many challenges, is currently seeking employment and looking forward to the future. Ellen expressed how thankful she was for the City of Chula Vista’s willingness to help her and her children. Having a place to call home allows them to be healthier and happier.
For more information about the South Bay Homeless Alliance, please contact Angelica Davis with the City’s Housing Division at (619) 691-5036.