Dale Gray, Public Affairs Officer
400 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101-2406
Phone/Fax (913) 551-5542/(913) 551-5469
November 28, 2001
HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $4.8 MILLION IN HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS TO KANSAS CITY METRO AREA
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Acting Secretary's
Representative for the Great Plains
Stan Quy announced today $4,860,922 in homeless assistance grants for the Kansas City metro area. The funding
will provide housing and supportive services to homeless families and individuals in the area. The announcement is
part of more than $1 billion to help the homeless nationwide announced by President Bush and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez - the largest amount of homeless assistance in history.Quy made the announcements at Benilde Hall, a community-based, non-profit organization that provides substance abuse treatment, transitional housing and supportive services to men ages 18 and older with priority placed on veterans. Benilde Hall, a new Supportive
Housing Program applicant, was awarded $302,400 over a three-year period. The funding will result in 27 new beds that will serve over 306 clients during the life of the grant.
Martinez said, "This administration is dedicated to serving the
homeless and finding them homes, and HUD
is proud to be leading that effort. We support thousands of agencies like this around the country, and HUD is working to strengthen these partnerships even further. Working with community and faith-based organizations, we shine a light on those who have perhaps lost their way. Local charities and community caretakers like those named today impact the lives of homeless men and women throughout the country."
grants, part of HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency
Shelter Grants (ESG) programs, will help the homeless find emergency
shelter, transitional housing and a permanent home. A description
of the two grants
of Care grants provide transitional and permanent housing
opportunities. In addition Continuum grants fund supportive
services, including job training, health care, mental health counseling,
abuse treatment, child care and living skills training.
Shelter Grants (ESG) help convert buildings into homeless
shelters, assist the operations of
shelters and fund related social services and homeless prevention activities.
In addition to Benilde Hall, the CoC funding announced today will go to the following local homeless service providers: Missouri Department of Mental Health (Kansas City, MO and Independence, MO), Sheffield Place, SAVE, Inc., Community LINC, Mid America Assistance Coalition, Rose Brooks Center, Inc., the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters (Johnson County Continuum of Care). Receiving Emergency Shelter Grants were the Cities of Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.
and the Department of Health and Human Services are working closely
to coordinate the government's approach to serving the homeless.
The two departments are sponsoring training sessions with state
agencies to improve
access to the services that homeless men and women need. Earlier this year, Martinez also reactivated the Interagency Council on the Homeless and put it back to work planning and coordinating federal homeless programs
and offering assistance to those who help homeless Americans at the community level.
Ending chronic homelessness is a primary goal of HUD's homeless assistance programs. It's estimated 650,000 people are homeless on any given night in America. In the Kansas City metro area, there are 3,000 people homeless on any given night and 20,000 homeless over the course of a year.
report, Homelessness: Programs and People They Serve, found
that homeless clients are predominantly male (68 percent) and a
majority of homeless women (60 percent) have young children. Homeless
individuals are about equally divided between non-Hispanic whites
(41 percent) and African-Americans (40 percent). The report also
found Hispanics account for approximately 11 percent of the nation's homeless population.