HUD Archives: News Releases

Beverly Bishop
(312) 913-8139
For Release
July 7, 2010

Funding supports unprecedented federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced $6,824,470 in
new grants to assist local homeless assistance programs in Illinois. The funding will provide support to 22 local projects that will offer critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families over the extended lifetime of these grants (see chart of Illinois grantees below).

Last December, HUD awarded nearly $79,675,377 through its Continuum of Care programs to quickly renew funding
to 388 existing local programs. The grants announced today build on that investment by funding new projects, awarded by competition and funded through the 2009 Continuum of Care funds. In addition, the funding supports
the Obama Administrations far-reaching and ambitious plan to end homelessness. Last month, Donovan and 18
other federal agencies unveiled Opening Doors, an unprecedented federal strategy to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, and to end homelessness among children, families, and youth by 2020.

"This funding is an important part of the Obama Administrations new strategy to end homelessness in all its forms,"
said Donovan. "We know that these programs are critical in moving people beyond a life on the streets and placing them on a path toward dignity and self sufficiency."

HUDs Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients Continuum of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons. In addition, Continuum of Care grants fund a wide range of programs including important services such as job training, health
care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. These grants also fund street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families (see attached summary of the funding awarded today).

HUDs homelessness grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Departments latest Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), chronic homelessness has declined by 30 percent since 2006.
This decline is directly attributed to HUDs homeless grants helping to create significantly more permanent housing
for those who might otherwise be living on the streets. It was also reported in the AHAR that the number of
homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, almost certainly due to the ongoing effects of the recession.

In addition to the funding provided through HUDs Continuum of Care Programs, the Department allocated $1.5 billion through its new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program. Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HPRP is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do.

Bethany Place / Bethany Place Permanent Housing Belleville
Chestnut Health Systems / Chestnut Supportive Samaritan Housing Project Bloomington
Chestnut Health Systems, Inc. / Families in Safe Recovery Enhancement Granite City
Christian Family Ministries / Permanent Housing for Chronically Disabled Women Joliet
City of Chicago / Catholic Charities - Shelter Plus Care Chicago
City of Chicago / Thresholds - Shelter Plus Care V Chicago
City of Rockford / The Jericho Project Permanent Housing Program Rockford
Dove, Inc. / Homeless Leasing 09 Decatur
DuPage County Health Department / Homecomings Wheaton
DuPage P.A.D.S., Inc. / New Horizons Wheaton
Freeport Area Church Cooperative / Hope House Freeport
Helping Hands of Springfield, Inc. / Helping Hands SHP 3 FY2009 Springfield
Lazarus House / PH3 St. Charles
Matthew House / Derrick David Stinson Supportive Housing Program Chicago
New Foundation Center, Inc. (formerly WilPower, Inc.) / Western Apartments Northfield
Pillars Community Services / Project WCHANCE (West Cook Housing Action Network Choice Endeavors) Berwyn
Sarah's Circle / Sarah's Circle Permanent Supportive Housing Chicago
Stopping Woman Abuse Now / Permanent Housing for Families Olney
The Center for Women in Transition / Presby House Champaign
The Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Chicago / Branch of Hope Chicago
Transitions, NFP / permanent supportive housing (PSH) project Rock Island
VOICES DV / Transitional Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence Freeport


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