HOMELESS SERVICES OVERVIEW
The City of Pomona plans, coordinates and organizes strategies to assist the City's homeless population in collaboration with other public and private organizations.
The Homeless Services Coordinator oversees the services provided to assist the homeless in the City. Responsibilities include the development of Pomona's Continuum of Care Plan, the implementation of the Homeless Response Program, and the administration of the Emergency Shelter Grant and Supporting Housing Program grants. The Homeless Services Coordinator also serves as a liaison for homeless issues at the local, regional, county and state levels.
The County of Los Angeles through Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has the primary responsibility for providing regional homeless services. The City of Pomona provides the above additional services to assist the homeless community within the City.
HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANT
Funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Emergency Shelter Grant Program is designed to help improve the quality of emergency shelters and transitional housing for the homeless. The type of activities which are eligible for funding under this program include:
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM
Funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Supportive Housing Program provides supportive housing and services to assist homeless persons in the transition from homelessness into permanent housing and maximum self-sufficiency.
Within the City of Pomona there are several Supportive Housing Programs that assist homeless individuals and families, victims of domestic violence, persons with disabilities and those with histories of substance abuse.
THE POMONA HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Pomona Homeless Outreach Program consists of a mobile Outreach Team, The Homeless Services Coordinator, and a City Homeless Liaison. The Team provides street outreach by vehicle and by foot. Street Outreach, Case management, and referrals are provided to homeless families and individuals through this program. Homeless clients are provided guidance in the identification of barriers to overcoming homelessness and the development of a plan to address these challenges. The Team then assists clients at a highly supportive level to address those needs which may include accessing mainstream services, increasing income, developing self-determination, and accessing shelter and housing.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTORY
This online directory is designed to give the residents of Pomona direct access to information regarding local community services, as well as local, county and federal government agencies.
To access this directory click here - Pomona Community Links
THE POMONA CONTINUUM OF CARE COALITION
Established in 1999, the Pomona Continuum of Care Coalition provides a means for stakeholders to work together to address the issues surrounding homelessness. The Coalition is comprised of over 40 agencies including service providers, advocates, faith-based organizations, local government representatives, and county departments, as well as, homeless and formerly homeless people and concerned citizens. Meeting monthly, the Coalition shares information, maximizes resources and minimizes duplication of effort. The result of this collaborative effort is that those at-risk from becoming homeless are provided the support they need to remain housed and that persons and families that are homeless are provided with an accessible system of services that supports movement from homelessness to stability.
THE COALTION MEETS THE FIRST
THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH
From the Heart Church Ministries
655 N. Mills Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
For more information about the PCOCC
Please contact Elizabeth Leon
City of Pomona's Homeless Services Laison
THE CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR HOMELESS SERVICES
The City of Pomona's Continuum of Care is organized to deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless within our community. By calculating the need, identifying the existing resources and prioritizing identified gaps we strategically address the issue of homelessness
Through funding sources such as the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Supportive Housing Program (SHP), Shelter Plus Care (S+C), the Section 8 Program and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); emergency, transitional, and permanent forms of housing have been supported. Although not a complete solution, these programs, combined with services and other sources of funding, bring us closer to the goal of a seamless and comprehensive system of care for the homeless.
Fundamental Components of a Continuum of Care System
The fundamental components of a comprehensive Continuum of Care system include:
Weed and Seed Program
The City of Pomona Weed and Seed Program, a community-based strategy sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is an innovative, comprehensive multiagency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization. Weed and Seed is foremost a strategy that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in the designated Weed and Seed area.
The designated Weed and Seed area is located in the southern region of Pomona, with a northern border of Lexington Avenue, a southern border of California Hwy 60, a western border of Hwy 71, and an eastern border of Reservoir Street. The site area encompasses three (3) police reporting districts (#83, #84 and #87), three (3) census tracts (4031.01, 4029.02 and 4029.01) and has a population of close to 15,000 residents.
Focused Service Goals
The following represent the goals of focused service within the designated Weed and Seed area: