Orange County and 20 of its cities will receive a total of $41,673,442 in federal housing assistance and emergency grants this fiscal year, according to an announcement by the federal Housing and Urban Development Department.

The grants will be distributed by Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, and will cover such services as emergency housing for the homeless, funds to create housing for low-income families and homes for those who are poor and suffering from AIDS.

Santa Ana will receive the largest total, $10,355,054, followed by Anaheim with $6,690,333 and the county with $5,077,960. (A list of all local cities receiving grants is attached to this post.)

The largest group of grants totaling $28,815,717 will go to 20 cities and the county for rehabilitation of affordable housing and improvement of public facilities. Called community development block grants, the funds are distributed based on a city’s or county’s population, poverty level, age of housing stock and extent of overcrowded housing.

Nine cities and the county will receive a total of $10,518,411 in HOME Investment Partnership grants to create affordable housing for low-income families.

In addition, Santa Ana will receive $1,540,447 for rental assistance and support services for individuals with AIDS and their families.

Three cities — Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana — and the county will receive a total of $798,867 to provide basic shelter for the homeless.

Orange County has no year-round emergency homeless shelters or shelters for homeless veterans, but it is working on its part of a national plan to end homelessness by 2020.

Last winter the two armories that provide homeless shelter had to close early because partisan fighting in Congress delayed adoption of the 2010-2011 federal budget until April.


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