“No Place Like Home”: Addressing Mental Health and Homelessness

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Mental illness is beast enough for many who battle it daily. Life on the streets, can make the already heavy burden more difficult to bear. Now, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is poised to help the Department of Health and Human Services find solutions to homelessness (especially as it relates to those who suffer from mental illness).

Recently, DHHS applied for a state grant under the ‘No Place Like Home’ Act. A sum of $75,000 comes with the award.

“‘No Place Like Home’ utilizes Mental Health Services Act Funds. Those are the funds from the proposition that levies a 1% sales tax on millionaires in the state of California.” Nancy Starck, the legislative and policy manager at DHHHS explains.

The money could help the county agency to build low-income housing, but first it needs to awarded and accepted.  The board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday if DHHS can move forward in accepting the grant funds.