February 26, 2007
HUD ANNOUNCES OVER $3.5 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HOUSE AND SERVE THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN IDAHO
BOISE - The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $3,594,560 to Idaho organizations serving hundreds of homeless individuals and families throughout the state this week. The grants are part of nearly $1.4
billion in funding awarded to more than 5,300 local homeless programs nationwide.
More than $3 million in Continuum of Care grants were awarded competitively to Idaho programs to meet the needs
of their homeless clients. This is an increase of over $264,000 from the $2,804,041 awarded last year.
In addition, $525,763 was awarded to Idaho for Emergency Shelter Grants, which are allocated based on a formula
to state and local governments to create, improve and operate emergency shelters for homeless persons.
Emergency Shelter Grants are designed to move homeless persons away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.
"This federal funding is a critical component for the success of state and local government 10 year plans to end chronic homelessness," said HUD Acting Boise Field Office Director, Arlene Patton. "Cities, counties, faith based and community nonprofit agencies throughout Idaho depend on this funding to provide housing and supportive services
to some of our most vulnerable neighbors."
An example of the kind of programs funded is Idaho Housing and Finance Association and their sponsor, C.L.U.B.,
Inc. administer two grants in Idaho Falls that provide housing to a total of 28 chronically homeless and disabled individuals. Eagle Pointe houses 16 individuals and has been funded since 2003. The Idaho Falls permanent housing project serves 12 individuals and has been funded since 1996. C.L.U.B, Inc. offers stable housing and services to
meet the specific needs of its participants to maximize self-sufficiency. The clients also receive assistance in accessing community resources and interacting with family and friends.
HUD's funding is provided in two ways:
- HUD's Continuum of Care programs provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons. In
addition, Continuum grants fund important services including job training, health care, mental health
counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.
- Emergency Shelter Grants convert buildings into homeless shelters, assist in the operation of local shelters
and fund related social service and homeless prevention programs.
The Goal to End Chronic Homelessness
For six years, ending chronic homelessness has been one of President Bush's national goals. Research indicates that approximately 20 percent of all homeless persons experience long-term or chronic homelessness. These studies conclude that this hardest-to-serve population utilizes more than half of all emergency shelter resources designed
to assist homeless individuals and families. By shifting the federal emphasis toward meeting the needs of the most vulnerable homeless persons, more resources become available for those who experience situational homelessness.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.