Santa Monica-based CLARE Foundation, a nonprofit providing treatment and recovery services for alcoholism and substance abuse, announced Wednesday that it received nearly $1 million to help house 90 chronically homeless individuals over the next three years.

The 20 grants totaling $975,000 were awarded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to fund the Bridges to Housing program.

The three-year program will create an integrated, community-based system of care and support that will move chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing, support their continued stability, and work with them to maintain their housing.

CLARE will partner with other agencies serving the Westside, including Step Up On Second, Venice Family Clinic, St. Joseph Center and New Directions.

The program is expected to begin Friday.

“The Bridges to Housing program is a huge step forward in our attempts to create a ‘no-wrong-door’ approach to providing housing, healthcare, and social services on the west side of Los Angeles,” said Nicholas Vrataric, executive director of the CLARE Foundation, located on the 900 block of Pico Boulevard.

“By working with out partner agencies, we hope to improve the outlook for the chronically homeless individuals in Los Angeles who have traditionally had the most difficulty accessing these services, despite their undeniable need,” Vrataric added.

Throughout the course of the project, CLARE and its partners will work with UCLA’s Department of Integrated Substance Abuse Programs to evaluate the success of the project.

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