|HUD No. 05-02
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February 25, 2005
HUD, REP. FRELINGHUYSEN ANNOUNCES RECORD FUNDING TO HELP HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Award presented to Somerset County organization; HUD funds will support 120 programs in New Jersey
NEWARK - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Assistant Secretary Patricia Carlile visited
New Jersey today and announced $39,319,755 in funding to provide shelter and care for persons and families
without a home of their own. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen joined Ms. Carlile in making the announcement. The funding to New Jersey 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. (A listing of New Jersey grantees is attached.)
The announcement was made at a facility in Raritan, NJ administered by Alternatives, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides permanent housing, support services and employment training to individuals with special needs.
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development is deeply committed to supporting our most vulnerable neighbors", said Carlile. "The grants announced here in New Jersey reconfirm that commitment, and represent an unprecedented level of federal funding to help those most in need. We commend Alternatives, Inc. and the other worthy nonprofits in the State for working tirelessly to provide services to individuals and families who are without a home of their own."
"This federal grant underscores the important work Alternatives Inc. does on behalf of many of our nation's most underprivileged citizens and communities, especially here in central New Jersey", said Rep. Frelinghuysen. "With this funding, Alternatives Inc. will be able to purchase and rehabilitate a home here in Somerset County and offer critical support and services to more individuals who previously were without a home of their own."
"It's difficult to put into words how much we appreciate the support that Alternatives receives through the Department of Housing and Urban Development", said Alternatives, Inc. President Nancy Good. "Finding affordable housing is a challenge for anyone, but among our most vulnerable populations it could be the difference between independence and homelessness. The type of housing that HUD enables us to provide changes lives. It takes people off the streets or out of institutions and puts them back into society as contributing members of the community."
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 www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless/budget/2004/index.cfm.
More than $1.2 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,
or 150,000 people, experience long-term or chronic homelessness. 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.
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.