Monday, March 23, 2009
The federal stimulus money is beginning to trickle down to cities in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Alison St John discovered Chula Vista is holding workshops today to find out how residents think they should be spent.
Cities will have to compete for some of the funds flooding out of Washington, but some money is already assigned. Chula Vista Housing Manager Mandy Mills says she already knows the city will get more than $800,000 for homeless prevention.
"Normally the money we get for homeless is for bricks and mortar, transitional housing," she says, " and that’s really for people who are already homeless. This is the first time that we’re getting money for homeless prevention."
Mills says the city is not required to get public input, but wants to hear how residents think the money should be spent.
Also, Chula Vista, like all cities, is faced with choices about what to apply for from the stimulus funds. police, fire, housing, planning and conservation departments will announce their plans to put in bids for the money.
Alison St John, KPBS News.