The City of Carlsbad Gives $175,000

by The Editors on May 11, 2020

The Carlsbad City Council has approved increased funding to expand a local homeless shelter and provide increased rental assistance, food service other basic needs for the city’s most vulnerable community members.

At its May 5, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved $58,000 to Catholic Charities, which runs the La Posada de Guadalupe homeless shelter. The money will be used to expedite a planned expansion of the shelter. for all the details, please follow the jump.

In addition, the city granted a total of $175,000 in funding to the following:

La Posada homeless services
$54,848

Interfaith Community Services
$40,000

Women’s Resource Center 
$5,000

Brother Benno 
$7,500

Meals-on-wheels
$5,000

Community Resource Center
$5,000

The city had already allocated some funding for these services through a federal program that provides money to cities to be used to help low income residents. That program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has strict limits on how the money can be used. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, provides greater flexibility and an expedited process so more of this money can be directed toward those most in need during the COVID-19 emergency.

The HUD funding program, called Community Development Block Grants, helps cities provide “decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.” The money comes from the federal government, and cities work with their communities to decide how to spend it.

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