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Bonnie Byrom Dixon
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March 3, 2005

HUD funds increased for Georgia, will support over 100 programs in State

ATLANTA - Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Carolyn Peoples, today presented to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, $26.8 million check for the State of Georgia, to provide shelter and care for persons and families without a home of their own. For Georgia, the funding represented a 6% increase of nearly $1.7 million over the funding awarded in FY 2004. The funding to Georgia is part of more than $1.4 billion announced nationwide -
the largest single commitment of federal funds supporting an unprecedented number of local projects on the front lines of caring for people who might otherwise be living on the streets.

"President Bush, HUD Secretary Jackson and I would like to thank Governor Purdue for accepting these funds today for the State of Georgia," said Peoples. "This historic level of funding in Georgia, will go directly to those on the front lines, who work tirelessly everyday to bring an end to chronic homelessness, and who provide services to the many individuals and families without a home of their own."

The State of Georgia, with the Department of Community Affairs as the lead entity, has sponsored a Continuum of Care since 1998. The 2004 Georgia Balance of the State Continuum of Care was funded at over $9 million, and represents 28 grants that will provide more than 500 beds to homeless persons. The focus of much of the State's efforts has been on housing for the chronically homeless. Over the last few years, these efforts have included:

  • 600 units of permanent housing with 500 units in production
  • 456 new units underway for the chronically homeless
  • More than $7 million in resources other than HUD funds leveraged to address the needs of homeless

"These federal dollars will be used to help get homeless families back on their feet and encourage them to become financially independent in the future," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "I am pleased with the work we're doing through the State of Georgia's Interagency Homeless Coordination Council, which was instrumental in securing this grant money."

Governor Perdue appointed by Executive Order the Georgia Interagency Homeless Coordination Council last year.
The Council completed the review of the Georgia Homeless Action Plan and has been charged by the Governor to begin the implementation of the goals directed to ending chronic homelessness in 10 years.

This is the fourth consecutive year HUD is providing record funding for homeless assistance and is part of a larger federal strategy being embraced by a growing number of state and local communities to end long-term or chronic homelessness.

HUD's funding is provided in two ways:

  • 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.

  • Emergency Shelter Grants convert buildings into homeless shelters, assist in the operation of local shelters
    and fund related social service and homeless prevention programs.

Combined, HUD's Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grant programs will provide critically needed funding to more than 4,400 local programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result, more than a quarter-million 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 Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grants Awards.

More than $1.4 billion in Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs
of their homeless clients. Continuum grants fund a wide variety of programs - from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.

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, childcare 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 toward permanent housing.

Approximately $322 million of the Continuum grants awarded today will fund new and 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.

The Goal to End Chronic Homelessness

For nearly four 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 or 150,000 people. These studies also find that this hardest-to-serve 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. Visit the Chronic Homelessness page to learn more.

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



  • Largest total award of Federal funds for homeless assistance in history - more than $1.4 billion is being
    awarded to an unprecedented number of projects nationally, more than 4,400. This is also the fourth
    consecutive year funding for homeless assistance has increased to record levels.

  • 1,089 of the project awards being announced today target individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
    Total funding to these projects will exceed $370 million, a commitment that directly supports the national
    goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2012.

  • Approximately half of all funding announced today, totaling $628 million, is being awarded to more than
    1,100 projects that provide permanent housing solutions for homeless persons.

  • More than 900 local projects that primarily serve mothers and their children will receive $220 million.

  • Approximately 400 shelters that primarily serve victims of domestic violence will receive $92.6 million.

  • Nearly $33.8 million is being awarded to 133 projects that primarily target homeless veterans among those
    they serve.

  • Nearly 1,200 of the projects funded today are dedicated to providing housing and support services to
    severely mentally ill clients. These persons are at high risk of experiencing long-term or chronic

  • Nearly $372 million will support 1,193 local programs that primarily help homeless individuals with substance abuse problems

  • More than $9 million to provide job training and other employment services for homeless individuals.


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