John Carson, Regional Director, HUD Denver Regional Office, on February 3, presented the board of the Housing Assistance Management Enterprise (HAME) with a check for $587,382. The grant, part of HUD's Continuum of Care program, will support development of the $9,000,000 Sunrise Apartments. Commencement of construction of the Sunrise Apartments will begin in March 2006. HAME is non-profit subsidiary of the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City.
The Continuum of Care (COC) program is a competitive grant application process, in 2006 HUD, through the COC, awarded Utah organizations over $5.4 million to 30 different programs to help end homelessness in Utah. Nationally HUD will make grants of $1.33 billion to over 5,000 homeless organizations.
The Sunrise Apartments are being built on a 2.7-acre site in downtown Salt Lake City. The sunrise apartments will provide 100 units of permanent, supportive housing for individuals who have been homeless, and will offer them on-site support to assist them in breaking the cycle of homelessness. This is the first complex of this type built in the State of Utah and is a major first step in a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness recently adopted by the State of Utah, Salt Lake City and other entities. Construction of the Sunrise Apartments is a collaborative effort with partners including The Crusade for the Homeless, George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Foundation, Salt Lake City Corporation, Salt Lake County, the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake, the State of Utah, HUD, Fannie Mae, American Express Centurion Bank, UBS Bank, other banks, local businesses, advocates, The Road Home, Volunteers of America, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Valley Mental Health, churches and others.