CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On Tuesday, Corpus Christi City Council accepted a grant from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The grant is $ 190,458, and that money will be used to provide housing and case management for the homeless with mental illness and other disabilities.
“My office is downtown and I often see it firsthand, there is a lot of panhandling and you see a lot of these poor people that we need to see what we can do to give them at least some help to procure, “he said councilor Roland Barrera, who represents District 3.
“It’s great to be able to get money from other agencies at any time that we can use for the good of the city. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, ”said Councilor Ben Molina, who represents District 2.
The city will partner with Accessible Housing Resources, Inc. to find people who can receive assistance under this grant. According to the city, AHRI already has more than 70 people on a waiting list who may be helped.
With the grant, the city and AHRI can provide short-term rental support (3-6 months) as well as case management to ensure that the enrolled have access to benefits, receive vocational training and can work towards a permanent stable housing situation. The aim of the money provided by the grant is to close the gap between short-term and long-term rental support.
“It’s a start, we have a lot more to do. Finding housing is a kind of short-term problem as the majority of these people have mental illness or intellectual disabilities. So we really have to take care of it so that we can solve the problem in the long term, ”said Barrera.
The TDHCA grant is an annual grant, and city officials said they will continue to apply for it each year to keep helping those in need in the area.