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SSHRB President Reveals Five-year Plan for Alameda’s Homeless and Low Income Families

By Erica Madison

The Social Services Human Relations Board (SSHRB) is responsible for distributing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The funds come from the department of Housing and Urban development and are given to the City of Alameda via SSHRB.

This year SSHRB was given 1.36 million from the federal government. HUD determines the amount based on poverty, population growth, and age of housing in the community.

The purpose of the CDBG is to develop successful urban communities through the division of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunity.

The money is primarily used for low and moderate income people.

The SSHRB in partnership with other Alameda jurisdictions identifies housing and community development priorities and disperses CDBG funds accordingly.

Every five years SSHRB  is required to create a five year plan to identify priority needs

“The priority needs identified are broad. It allows each jurisdiction in Alameda to customize these services for their communities,” said SSHRB president Cindy Wasko.

SSHRB keeps tabs on community’s needs through surveys and focus groups.

Priority needs SSHRB has identified for 2010-2015 include:

  • Affordable housing,
  • Homeless services,
  • Fair housing,
  • Supportive housing,
  • Public services,
  • Accessibility needs,
  • Economic development,
  • Blight clearance.

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