The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Specialized Emergency Housing (KE) Program.About $4.6 million in grant funds is available for proposals that will expand emergency shelter and emergency housing assistance resources in California and provide services for victims of crime.
Projects must identify an unmet emergency shelter or emergency housing need in their community and propose an innovative solution. Priority will be given to applicants/proposals that serve the victims of crime who are homeless youth, elderly, disabled, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning.
These KE Program funds are available for fiscal year 2017-18. Applicants may request up to $575,000 for a 24-month sub-award performance period that commences October 1, 2017, and ends September 30, 2019. Proposals are due Monday, August 14, 2017. The KE … continue reading »
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
Human trafficking is a serious crime with millions of victims all over the world, including California. Awareness of what human trafficking is, how to recognize signs, and how to report the suspected crime is an important part we can all play. It is important for the public to not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. The public should instead contact local law enforcement or call the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 32.9% of California women and 27.3% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. Domestic violence is a serious problem and every year, October is observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to bring awareness to the issue and the fight to end it.
The statistics of the lives affected by domestic violence are eye-opening. The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) is the state agency leading the domestic violence awareness month effort and created an infographic to demonstrate just how many lives are affected by domestic violence.
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Pilot Fire burning in San Bernardino County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.
Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 6,298 acres, threatening areas near Miller Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle area, Arrowhead Lake and Highway 138. Structures are threatened and evacuations are underway.
Cal OES Fire and Southern Region personnel are currently responding in concert with other federal, state and local agencies to address emergency management and mutual aid needs for the incident. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and historic statewide drought have made ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.
Grant awards for the 2016-2017 Elder Abuse Program have been announced by the Cal OES Victim Services and Public Safety Branch.
The purpose of the 24-month Elder Abuse Program grant is to enhance the safety of elder and dependent adult victims of crime by providing direct services to victims and bridging the gap between elder justice service providers (including Adult Protective Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, providers of legal assistance) and victim service providers.
This program will provide support for communities to improve their ability to identify the needs of victims of elder and dependent adult abuse and to improve the delivery of services. This will be accomplished by:
Funding an Elder Abuse Victim Specialist solely dedicated to serving elder and dependent adult victims
Providing and coordinating direct services for elder and dependent adult victims
Press release from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
WASHINGTON— As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Secretary Jeh Johnson today announced final allocations of $275 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, in addition to the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by Secretary Johnson in February, total more than $1.6 billion in FY 2016 to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.
“In an ever-changing threat environment, our homeland security grants demonstrate the Department’s continued commitment to strengthening the nation’s preparedness and ability to respond to a wide variety of emergencies,” said Secretary Johnson. “These … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO – State and federal disaster assistance now totals $12.1million for those affected by the South Napa Earthquake. The current total includes $5.6million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), as well as $6.5 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
A recap of the disaster recovery operation by the numbers, as of Nov. 16:
Households Registered: 3,142
Total Grants Approved: $5,670,654
Housing Assistance Grants: $5,397,952
Other Needs Assistance Grants: $272,702
SBA Loans Approved: 145
Home Loans: 142
Business Loans: 3
Total SBA Loans: $6,525,500
Disaster Recovery Centers:
Napa Earthquake Local Assistance Center – 301 First Street, Napa, CA 94559