City Develops El Monte Homeless Prevention Program to Aid Distressed Mobile Home Park Residents
by Chelsea Dickerson
January 17, 2013 • 631 views
The El Monte City Council unanimously approved implementing and funding the El Monte Homeless Prevention Program which will help prevent residents of mobile home parks in the city from becoming homeless.
The program, which is in response to an urgent need to stabilize rents in El Monte mobile home parks, will provide eligible residents with funds for short-term rental assistance and housing relocation services in order to prevent them from losing their homes. The program will be conducted in partnership with Volunteers of America and Emergency Resources Association, two community organizations dedicated to fighting homelessness in El Monte.
“This program will provide residents with the help they need to keep their family homes in El Monte,” said Mayor Pro Tem Norma Macias. “These are hard working people who have been treated unfairly and I’m proud that our City has taken a stand to help them out.”
Eligible costs include rental application fees, security deposits, utility deposits and payments, moving costs, housing search and placement costs, housing stability case management and landlord-tenant mediation. In addition, each participant will be required to be entered into the Homeless Management Information System and actively participate in case management services like financial literacy courses and legal referral services that will help stabilize their current housing situation or transition them toward a more permanent stabilized housing situation.
The program will be funded using the City’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds are designed to provide housing relocation and/or stabilization services and short- and/or medium-term rental assistance to prevent an individual or family from becoming homeless.
ESG funds must be matched with an equal amount of another funding source. For this program, the match will come from CDBG Administration funds and in-kind services from Volunteers of America.
“This Program is a true partnership between our City, Volunteers of America and Emergency Resources Association to help these El Monte residents during their time of need,” said Councilwoman Victoria Martinez. “These two community organizations are experts in providing quality services that prevent homelessness in our community.”
In November, El Monte residents passed Measure F, the El Monte Fairness for Mobile home Owners Ordinance with 50.2 percent support. This measure repeals a 1990 voter-approved ordinance that prohibited the city from inquiring into or taking action to regulate mobile home park rents being charged in the City.