HUD Region VI: 13-17
Patricia Campbell/Scott Hudman
(817) 978-5974/(713) 718-3107
May 2, 2013
HUD AWARDS $660,000 TO PROGRAMS IN OKLAHOMA TO CONTINUE HELPING HOMELESS PERSONS AND FAMILIES
Jay, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Stigler Receive Grants
OKLAHOMA CITY - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $661,470 to support 10 local homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma. Provided through HUD's Continuum of Care programs, the funding announced today will ensure these local homeless assistance programs remain operating in the coming year. This is HUD's second round of FY 2012 homeless renewal grant awards. This past March, HUD awarded renewal grants to hundreds of other existing local programs, and will make a third round of funding to support selected new projects later this year. A list of today's grantees and amounts follows.
"We know these modest investments in housing and services to our homeless neighbors not only saves money, but saves lives," said Donovan. "These local programs are on the front lines of the Obama Administration's efforts to prevent and end homelessness as we know it once and for all."
HUD's Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients. The grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.
While the Fiscal Year 2012 funds awarded today are not impacted by the automatic across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration that began March 1st, Donovan cautioned that future budget cuts may reverse significant reported declines in homelessness: "During this challenging budget climate, we must make certain that we don't balance our books on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. When we make even modest investments in these programs, we see a measureable decline in homelessness."
The grantees in Oklahoma are:
(Call for program contact names and numbers):
|Central Ok Community Action Agency, Inc./Mission of Hope Transitional Housing||Shawnee||$34,571|
|City of Oklahoma City/Firstep Women's Graduate Housing Program||Ok City||$72,110|
|City of Oklahoma City/Healing Hands Health Care Services||Ok City||$52,992|
|City of Oklahoma City/NSO Female Youth PSH||Ok City||$99,140|
|City of Oklahoma City/NSO Permanent Supportive Housing - Men||Ok City||$71,476|
|Community Enhancement Corporation/PSH for Chronically Homeless||Ok City||$91,584|
|Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency, Inc./Norman Permanent Housing||Shawnee||$32,769|
|Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency, Inc.||Jay||$27,217|
|State of Oklahoma/McClain County Shelter Plus Care||Ok City||$50,502|
|KI BOIS Community Action Foundation, Inc./KI BOIS Permanent Supportive Housing Program||Stigler||$129,109|
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