HUD No. 09-11
February 19, 2009
HUD ANNOUNCES $170 MILLION TO NEW YORK STATE TO HELP THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
NYC and Metro Area to Receive $100 Million
NEW YORK - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the Obama Administration
is awarding more than $170 million in grants to support over 300 local homeless service programs throughout New
York State. The funding to New York is part of $1.5 billion awarded nationwide. Of the $170 million, New York City, Long Island as well as the counties of Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster will receive a total of approximately $103 million, while upstate communities like Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester, will receive
almost $30 million.
"With the foreclosure and unemployment crisis looming, millions of families - both homeowners and renters - are in danger of losing their homes so we must focus substantial resources to help those families find stable housing," said Donovan. "The grants being awarded today, along with the recovery plan's additional $1.5 billion, will offer a critical lifeline to those persons and families who, after a foreclosure or job loss, might otherwise be faced with
homelessness. Today we are announcing an unprecedented commitment to fund programs that have a proven track record of providing real housing solutions for our most vulnerable neighbors."
HUD's homeless funding is provided in two ways, through Continuum of Care grants, and through Emergency Shelter Grants.
Continuum of Care Grants 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. The grants are awarded competitively to help local programs meet the needs of their homeless clients. The funding is used for a wide variety of programs, from street outreach and assessment
programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families. In New York State, $155,828,227 million in Continuum of Care funding is being awarded.
Emergency Shelter Grants provide funds for the operation of local shelters and related social service and homeless prevention programs. Emergency Shelter Grants are allocated based on a formula to state and local governments
to create, improve and operate emergency shelters for homeless persons.
These funds may also support essential services including job training, health care, drug/alcohol treatment, child-
care and homelessness prevention activities. By helping to support emergency shelter, transitional housing and needed support services, Emergency Shelter Grants are designed to move homeless persons away from a life on
the street toward permanent housing. In New York State, $15,160,870 in ESG funding is being awarded.
This year, HUD launched a new electronic grant submission process called e-snaps. This new electronic system
allows applicants to store their submissions as they work on them and significantly reduces the time it takes HUD
staff to review these applications. It also saves considerable effort by avoiding burdensome and time-consuming
data entry. In the end, e-snaps will streamline and accelerate the process of awarding HUD grants to local homeless programs across the country.
NOTE: For information on HUD's homeless programs, please contact Adam Glantz at (212) 264-1100. For
information on a local homeless program, please contact the local Continuum of Care.
Highlights of HUD's Homeless Assistance
- An unprecedented number of local programs - more than 5,300 - will receive nearly $1.4 billion.
- 1,096 of the project awards being announced today target individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
Total funding to these projects is more than $287 million, a commitment that directly supports the national
goal of ending chronic homelessness.
- More than $618 million is being awarded to projects that provide permanent housing solutions for homeless persons.
- More than 2,847 local projects that serve mothers and their children will receive $686 million.
- 560 programs that primarily serve victims of domestic violence will receive nearly $91 million.
- $30 million is being awarded to 145 projects that primarily target homeless veterans among those
- 1,526 of the projects funded today are dedicated to providing housing and support services to severely
mentally ill clients, totaling $388 million. These persons are at high risk of experiencing long-term or chronic
- Nearly $329 million will support 1,366 local programs that primarily help homeless individuals with substance abuse problems.