HUD Archives: News Releases

Kristine Foye
(617) 994-8218
For Release
December 23, 2009

Funding to support 302 existing housing and service programs

The Obama Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
is renewing $56.9 million in grant funding needed to keep 302 local homeless assistance programs throughout Massachusetts operating. The funding is part of nearly $1.4 billion that will help an unprecedented 6,400 existing programs nationwide to continue offering critically needed housing and services to homeless persons and families.

The grants announced today are being awarded through HUD's Continuum of Care programs. For the first time ever, HUD is quickly providing renewal grants to local programs to prevent any interruption in federal assistance and will announce funding to new projects in early 2010. For a local summary of the grants announced today, visit HUD's website.

"As we move into the coldest time of the year, it's critical that no program risk running out of money to keep their doors open," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants will make certain that those programs on the front lines of helping the homeless have the resources they need to house and serve persons who might otherwise be forced to turn to the streets."

HUD's 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. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.

HUD's homelessness grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Department's latest homeless assessment, chronic homelessness has declined since 2005. This decline is directly attributed to
HUD's homeless grants helping to create significantly more permanent housing for those who might otherwise be
living on the streets. However, data also indicates that family homelessness may be on the rise, particularly in suburban and rural areas.

Earlier this year, HUD allocated an additional $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.


2009 Continuum of Care Renewal Grants Massachusetts

Housing Counseling Organization*

Grant Amount

Boston CoC $19,181,091
Holyoke/Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire Counties CoC $1,241,249
Lynn CoC $1,934,101
Cape Cod Islands CoC $1,347,586
Springfield CoC $1,177,642
New Bedford CoC $1,691,471
Worcester City & County CoC $4,995,945
Pittsfield/Berkshire County CoC $357,869
Lowell CoC $831,283
Cambridge CoC $3,207,705
Gloucester/Haverhill/Salem/Essex County CoC $1,498,197
Quincy/Weymouth CoC $2,943,174
Lawrence CoC $536,814
Malden/Medford CoC $1,454,322
Fall River CoC $1,592,734
Massachusetts Balance of State CoC $8,427,861
Somerville CoC $2,233,788
Brookline/Newton CoC $1,214,662
Attleboro/Taunton/Bristol County CoC $736,925
Brockton/Plymouth City & County CoC $385,953

*NOTE TO REPORTERS: For information on local homeless programs funded with these grants, please contact the
local Continuum of Care. The list of Continuum of Care contacts can be found at this link


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