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Vol. 3 Issue 1

January/February 2014

5th District Events Martin Luther King Jr. Day Federal holiday observed Bloomington MAC Meeting Ayala Park 18313 Valley Boulevard, Bloomington Call (909) 387-4565 for details

Jan. 20 Feb. 4 @ 6:00 PM

Free Career Expo Feb. 12 @ 10:00 AM California State University San Bernardino 5500 University Parkway Call (909) 537-3265 for details Give Kids A Smile Event Feb. 22 @ 8:00 AM Free dental treatment children 6-18 Dental Care of San Bernardino 322 North H Street, Call (909) 888-1301 for details State of the County 2014 Feb. 24 @ 4:30 PM 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy Call (909) 387-4700 for registration information or visit

County Government Center 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 5th Floor San Bernardino, CA 92415

The Office of Homeless Services is striving to achieve a number of goals to resolve homelessness within the county. Some of those goals are: –Increasing homeless assistance funding resources throughout the county. –Increasing permanent supportive housing. –Educate the community on homeless issues and seek community involvement in addressing homeless concerns. –Establish regional integrated homeless services and assessment centers.

There have been many scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles on the impact of homelessness on society. A 2009 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report called, “Where We Sleep: Costs when Homeless and Housed in Los Angeles.” When you compare the monetary cost of providing housing and supportive services with the cost of leaving people in homelessness, the costs are high. The average cost to taxpayers per month to house an individual in permanent supportive housing was $605, compared to the cost per month of leaving the individual homeless, $2,897. According to the San Bernardino County Homeless Point-In-Time Count, there were 2,321 individuals and families counted as homeless on Jan. 24, of which 441 were chronically homeless. If we just look at our chronically homeless individuals and families, based on data from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report, San Bernardino County taxpayers would save over $12 million per year by housing the chronically homeless in permanent supportive housing rather than leaving them homeless on the streets.

What is the most effective solution to homelessness?

What can residents do to really help with homelessness?

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Affordable housing, library coming to Bloomington .... 1 Hopeless to housed, a local family’s journey …….……. 1 Josie’s Journal, homelessness in SB County ………….... 2 The importance of solving homelessness in San Bernardino County see page 2

CityLIFT helps homebuyers afford new local homes … 3 Q&A with the County’s homeless services manager …. 4

What is the real impact of homelessness in our county?

A housing first approach has statistically proven itself to be a solution to ending homelessness throughout the country. Communities should take an inventory of their resources to identify and encourage permanent supportive housing and address street homelessness by adopting and supporting homeless outreach programs. When communities work with their homeless and support organizations, everyone benefits.

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In this issue

What is the county’s Office of Homeless Services’ mission?

The National Coalition for the Homeless suggests that we can help end homelessness by simply CAREing. Contributing resources to a local homeless service provider through volunteerism, and donations of material assistance, such as “Welcome Home” kits to homeless individuals and families moving into permanent supportive housing. Advocating for systemic changes needed to end homelessness by promoting policies and programs on the local, state, and federal levels for positive solutions. Reaching Out by working directly with organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness is one of the best ways to learn about homelessness and help to meet immediate needs at the same time. Educating the public about the root causes of homelessness and coming up with usable solutions to effectively make positive changes for homeless families and individuals and those at-risk of homelessness.

an Bernardino County has big plans for Bloomington, and it starts with the new Bloomington Affordable Housing Community. The 13,993 square foot development, located near the corner of Valley Boulevard and Locust Avenue, is the first of its kind in the unincorporated area. “It’s wonderful, we needed it!” said Jackie Cox, longtime local resident and chair of the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Council. “It’s the best thing that has happened since I’ve lived here. We need housing, we need a library, and we need it period.” When completed, it will include a new Bloomington Branch Library, senior and community centers, and 190 affordable housing units. The project was approved in December 2013 and is headed by the county’s Community Development and Housing Department. During planning, the county held multiple public meetings in Bloomington to solicit input from local residents on the architecture style and address any direct concerns.


“I am very excited for the residents of Bloomington. The Board’s approval is an important step towards building this beautifully designed mixed-generational housing community. The new library and housing community exemplifies the Countywide Vision in action,” said Dena Fuentes, Director of the Community Development and Housing Department. The development is one of three major investments—affordable housing, public library, and the Valley Corridor Specific Plan—that San Bernardino County is making in the Bloomington community. The Bloomington Affordable Housing Community incorporates a range of capital improvements outlined in the Countywide Vision that provide economic benefit to the community. Continued on page 3

The Mahan family had spent countless nights sleeping in the park, camped out in their suburban truck. This followed after an exhausting effort to keep their home that ended to no avail. Mom, Keyina Mahan, was unemployed—laid off from her job after giving 7 dedicated years to the company. Dad, Anthony Mahan, a US Army veteran, was unable to contribute much more to his family's need due to a disability. Knowing he had to find some kind of resource for his family, Anthony spoke to an outreach worker at the Loma Linda VA who directed them to Vision of Hope. At the time, there was no shelter available for a family of that size. Continued on page 2

Josie's Press, January/February  
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This issue of Josie's Press focuses in on housing in San Bernardino County. In Bloomington, it's affordable housing everyone's thinking abo...