Housing Authority honors City Net as Outstanding Community Partner of the Year 2021
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(Santa Barbara, Calif., March 7, 2022) – The City of Santa Barbara Housing Authority honored city network like their 2021 Outstanding Community Partner of the Year. The Housing Authority has created its annual Partners Award to recognize and thank organizations and businesses that help improve lives. The support services provided to clients through collaboration with City Net are an essential part of the Housing Authority’s holistic approach to service delivery. Founded in 2005 in Long Beach, California, their mission is based on a commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness in the communities they serve by connecting homeless neighbors to transformative care and innovative housing solutions.
The Housing Authority partners with City Net through the SB Connect Home project, which was established in April 2019. The program was made possible by a $2 million grant from the California Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), which ran until June 30, 2021. In addition to HACSB, City Net brought together other critical Connect Home program partners, including Cottage Health, Santa Barbara Restorative Police and People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).
City Net’s presence in Santa Barbara has streamlined homeless services provided by an alliance of city governments and nonprofit organizations. Their work has helped end homelessness at the street level through the provision of street outreach, case management, housing navigation, transitional housing, operating shelters, reunifications, coordination of the census, etc. City Net also works to mobilize community resources, including meals, volunteers, donations and advocacy, to coordinate care in emergency shelters, parks and other public spaces where homeless neighbors live. These efforts aim to reduce unnecessary duplication and fill missing gaps in the continuum of care, with the long-term goal of ending homelessness by providing homeless neighbors with a stable context in which their emergency needs are met. satisfied, so they can work on long-term housing. plans.
City Net’s achievements in collaboration with HACSB include:
- Signing of MoUs, to set aside HACSB tenant-based rental assistance vouchers and shelter beds for the SB Connect Home program.
- 98 people permanently housed
- 265 active customers
- 4168 Service Operation
- 148 street exits to shelter
- 19 of the top 50 users of hosted emergency services
The 2021 award was presented by HACSB Executive Director and CEO Rob Fredericks to City Net Executive Director Brad Fieldhouse on February 11, 2022 at the HACSB Headquarters located at 706 Laguna Street in Santa Barbara. “The City Net team is an incredible and caring group of people who are on a mission to help the most vulnerable homeless people in our community obtain and keep their homes,” said Rob Fredericks, Executive Director and CEO. from HACSB. “They have done a tireless job of partnering with us over the past year with positive results in housing people and providing needed services.”
Upon receiving the award, Mr. Fieldhouse said, “On behalf of our dedicated staff, board members, volunteers and our customers, I am proud to accept this distinction which recognizes the commitment we share with HACSB and all agencies involved in SB Connect. Home project. He added that “creating an effective process to provide effective and sustainable support to people transitioning from the streets into stable and sustainable housing is at the heart of what we do at City Net. We are grateful for the role our partners play in our success and the future of our customers.
About the City of Santa Barbara Housing Authority
The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency established to provide safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and support services to eligible people with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, , local and private. . Since 1969, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has developed and/or secured over 4,000 affordable rental units for Santa Barbara through a variety of federal, state, local and private funding sources. For more information, please visit hacsb.org.
About City Net
City Net is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in the communities we serve by connecting homeless neighbors to transformative care and innovative housing solutions. City Net is a Platinum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency. For more information, please visit citynet.org.