For Immediate Release
May 26, 2021
San Bernardino County, CA – More than 400 individuals and families in San Bernardino County will have the ability to call a place home, thanks to the new Emergency Housing Voucher program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.
ARPA includes $5 billion for approximately 70,000 new Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) and aims to provide relief to vulnerable families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The EHV program will be administered by public housing agencies through 2030.
The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) is one of 696 housing agencies invited by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in this new program. HUD is preparing for the national launch of the EHV program with training and guidance for housing agencies. HACSB expects to receive 455 Emergency Housing Vouchers to serve eligible low-income families in San Bernardino County.
This new program will help low-income households who are homeless; at risk of homelessness; fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking; or recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having a high risk of housing instability. Housing search assistance will be made available to eligible families to help identify safe, decent, and affordable housing.
“We are excited and eager to serve families through the new Emergency Housing Voucher program,” said Maria Razo, Executive Director of HACSB. “These new rental assistance vouchers will provide another avenue for individuals and families to achieve and maintain safe and stable housing. We look forward launching the program and working with our community partners to coordinate additional services to support the families.”
HACSB anticipates serving new families through EHV beginning in the fall of 2021.
The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino is one of the nation’s most progressive housing authorities. As the largest provider of affordable housing in the County, we proudly serve 25,000 people, the majority of whom are seniors, veterans, disabled individuals, and children.
Nicole Beydler, Director of Policy and Public Relations