December 19, 2003
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES RECORD $1.27 BILLION TO HELP HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Wisconsin receives record of more than $20.6 million in HUD funds to help the homeless
Thousands of local programs that house and serve the homeless will receive nearly $1.3 billion in grants announced on December 19, 2003 by Housing and Urban Development Acting Secretary Alphonso Jackson. Never before has any federal agency awarded so much financial assistance to help the homeless. HUD's grants include a record funding to the State of Wisconsin ($5,226,083) and Madison/Dane County ($2,657,113) Continua of Care (COC), part of a statewide total of $20,613,063.
The announcement is part of larger federal strategy being embraced by state and local leaders to end long-term or chronic homelessness for persons who are mentally ill, addicted or physically disabled. To date, more than 60 states, cities and county governments are developing their own 10-year plans to end chronic homelessness. This is also the third consecutive year funding for homeless assistance has increased to record levels.
announcement is another example of the Bush Administration's commitment
to help homeless individuals and families move beyond a life on
the streets," said Jackson. "These grants renew our pledge to thousands
of local programs who are on the front lines of helping house and
serve our homeless neighbors."
HUD is awarding two types of grants:
of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing
to homeless persons. In addition, these Continuum grants
fund services like 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.
HUD's Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grant programs will provide critically needed funding to more than 3,700 local programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result, over 700,000 persons will receive the housing and services they need to become self-sufficient. For a more detailed local summary of the funding announced today, visit www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless/budget/2003/index.cfm.
Most of the funding announced throughout Wisconsin, $17,761,000 in Continuum of Care (CoC) grants, is awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. Continuum grants fund outreach and assessment programs at the local level as well as provide transitional and permanent housing to homeless persons and families. Funding for Wisconsin Continua includes State of Wisconsin CoC - $5,226,683; Milwaukee CoC - $8,887,077; City/County of Racine CoC - $990,127 and Madison/Dane County CoC - $2,657,113.
By contrast, grants of $2,852,063 in Emergency Shelter funds are being awarded to four Wisconsin communities based on a formula of a community's need. Emergency Shelter Grants help state and local governments create, improve and operate emergency shelters for homeless people. In addition, these grants may also support essential services including job training, health care, drug/alcohol treatment, childcare and homelessness prevention activities. ESG recipients include: Madison - $89,766; Milwaukee - $766,449; Racine - $87,682 and Wisconsin State Program - $1,908,166.
Approximately $140 million of the Continuum grants awarded nationally will renew funding of existing programs through HUD's Shelter Plus Care program which helps to pay rent and provide permanent housing for disabled homeless individuals and their families. The Shelter Plus Care program requires that HUD-funded projects help their clients live independently and provide needed supportive services from funding sources other than HUD.
grants will make a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable
citizens and be a great boost to the organizations dedicated to
helping end the cycle of homelessness," said Joseph P. Galvan, HUD
Regional Director for the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin).
For nearly three years, HUD has increasingly emphasized the Bush Administration's goal of ending chronic homelessness in its assistance programs. Research indicates that approximately 10 percent of all homeless persons experience long-term or chronic homelessness. These studies also find that this population utilizes over 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 homelessness as a temporary condition.
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.