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HUD PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR NEARLY 900 LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS

 

HUD NEWS

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Shaun Donovan, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410

HUD No.14-077                                                                                               FOR RELEASE                                                                                               June 19, 2014

http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

HUD PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR NEARLY 900 LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Local communities rethinking traditional approaches to confronting homelessness

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a second round of grants totaling $140 million to nearly 900 local homeless assistance programs across the country (see attached chart). Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program,  the funding announced today will ensure additional permanent and transitional housing renewal projects are able to continue operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.

Today’s grant announcement includes 436 new local projects aimed at providing permanent supportive housing for persons experiencing chronic homelessness through a Housing First approach and to “rapidly re-house” families with children that are living on the street or in emergency shelters.  View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“Communities all across the country are changing their approach to reducing homelessness and now is not the time to retreat from doing what we know works,” said Donovan.  “Investing in proven strategies such as ‘Rapid Re-housing’ and ‘Housing First’ help to break the cycle of homelessness as we’ve known it in these communities.”

This year, local planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care’ were asked to make strategic and hard decisions in order to implement a required five percent cut as a result of sequestration.   While HUD was able to fund all eligible new permanent housing projects requested, the Department was only able to fund permanent housing and transitional housing renewal projects requested in this second round of grants (Tier 2).  Despite these cuts and the tough budgetary decisions they forced, most local planners chose to reallocate funds from lower priorities in order to create projects following best-practice models that serve those homeless persons most in need and to help the community achieve the goal of ending homelessness.

Earlier this year, HUD awarded $1.6 billion in the first round of funding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs operating across the U.S.  That funding ensured that the local projects communities deemed most essential would remain operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.

Donovan added, “During this tough budget climate, ending homelessness requires a continued bipartisan commitment from Congress. The grantees receiving funds today will join the thousands of local programs that are already on the front lines ending homelessness as we know it.”

HUD recently announced its 2013 estimate of the number of homeless persons in America. Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 610,000 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2013, down 6.1 percent since 2010. During the same time, HUD found significant declines among the long-term or chronic homeless population (15.7 percent) and veterans experiencing homelessness (24.2 percent).

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020.

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Fiscal Year 2014 Continuum of Care Tier 2 Awards

 

State

Total # of Projects

Total Funding

 

Alabama

11

$1,302,402

Alaska

2

$96,985

Arizona

19

$3,833,216

Arkansas

4

$464,772

California

96

$18,042,110

Colorado

8

$905,798

Connecticut

27

$2,741,201

Delaware

5

$1,136,814

District of Columbia

4

$1,087,362

Florida

42

$10,207,105

Georgia

19

$3,316,962

Guam

1

$129,258

Hawaii

3

$663,793

Idaho

8

$476,745

Illinois

46

$4,652,356

Indiana

7

$1,283,747

Iowa

4

$457,430

Kansas

11

$1,262,555

Kentucky

7

$1,026,508

Louisiana

23

$2,266,517

Maine

8

$1,248,116

Maryland

32

$1,893,776

Massachusetts

37

$4,211,689

Michigan

36

$7,857,420

Minnesota

30

$2,337,942

Mississippi

6

$417,081

Missouri

17

$2,655,529

Montana

3

$301,913

Nebraska

9

$592,131

Nevada

8

$1,599,444

New Hampshire

9

$534,653

New Jersey

33

$2,678,038

New Mexico

6

$653,791

New York

58

$23,172,917

North Carolina

20

$1,318,124

North Dakota

1

$25,750

Ohio

25

$3,728,834

Oklahoma

11

$785,047

Oregon

18

$2,400,180

Pennsylvania

38

$4,889,981

Puerto Rico

5

$933,848

Rhode Island

5

$856,503

South Carolina

6

$442,897

South Dakota

1

$19,199

Tennessee

15

$1,939,145

Texas

28

$7,067,023

Utah

9

$708,615

Vermont

4

$273,541

Virginia

31

$3,599,888

Washington

23

$3,554,854

West Virginia

10

$846,303

Wisconsin

9

$1,787,087

TOTAL

898

$140,684,895




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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Saks • June 19 2014 11:46PM

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I hope this money is used wisely and made available to those that will benefit the most from it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 5 years ago

Usually, there'll be a few fund administrators crossing the line, Gabe.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

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