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HUD No. 12-09
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
Tuesday
March 13, 2012

HUD AWARDS $1.3 MILLION FOR NEW HOMELESS PROGRAMS IN RHODE ISLAND
Funding to support three programs across the state

BOSTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Barbara Fields today announced $1,315,109 to support three new local homeless programs in Rhode Island. This funding provides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent support for individuals and families and is a significant part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local projects awarded funding today on HUD's website.

HUD recently awarded $1.47 billion to renew funding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs operating across the U.S. That funding ensured housing and service programs remained operating in 2012. The grants announced today will support new local programs never before funded by HUD (see attached chart).

"This funding is critical to local Rhode Island programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said Barbara Fields, HUD New England Regional Administrator. "It's incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds."

According to the latest data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties throughout the U.S., homelessness declined 2.1 percent between 2010 and 2011 and a remarkable 12 percent among homeless veterans.

The funding will support:

  • Housing for more than 15,000 persons as well as services for individuals and families who are homeless across the country;

  • Housing and services for nearly 9,500 persons who are disabled (primarily by mental illness, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS as well as physical disabilities);

  • Housing and services for 8,728 persons in families; and

  • Housing and services for 5,684 persons who are chronically homeless, including both individuals and families.

HUD grants include $15.7 million to support 103 new housing and service programs located in rural communities. Funding to these never-before-funded programs in less populated areas continues HUD's efforts to confront rural homelessness. HUD is delivering record funding to meet the unique challenges homeless individuals and families living in rural areas face.

HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as 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. Continuum of Care programs include:

  • Supportive Housing Program (SHP) offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible.

  • Shelter Plus Care (S+C) provides housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless persons with disabilities, (primarily those with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases) and their families who were living in places not intended for human habitation (e.g., streets) or in emergency shelters.

  • Single-Room Occupancy Program (SRO) provides rental assistance for homeless persons in one-person housing units that contain small kitchens, bathrooms, or both.

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness (http://www.usich.gov/opening_doors/) puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020.

In addition to HUD's annual grant awards, HUD continues to manage the $1.5 billion Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program. Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, this three-year grant program is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do. To date, more than 1.2 million persons have been assisted through HPRP.

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State
Total # of New Projects
Total Funding for
New Projects
Alaska 2 $74,829
Alabama 12 $3,321,870
Arkansas 9 $1,880,085
Arizona 8 $2,225,949
California 87 $37,934,726
Colorado 5 $1,273,225
Connecticut 12 $1,334,383
Delaware 1 $300,557
District of Columbia 1 $955,500
Florida 32 $6,784,904
Georgia 18 $7,051,961
Guam 2 $246,100
Hawaii 5 $895,120
Idaho 3 $275,435
Illinois 33 $7,423,499
Indiana 9 $5,847,201
Iowa 6 $734,798
Kansas 9 $1,252,618
Kentucky 7 $1,314,558
Louisiana 8 $1,784,566
Massachusetts 25 $4,416,591
Maryland 12 $2,225,693
Maine 7 $1,278,078
Michigan 21 $4,985,681
Minnesota 27 $2,554,920
Missouri 14 $3,101,874
Mississippi 10 $1,361,502
Montana 5 $308,201
North Carolina 23 $5,943,071
North Dakota 1 $123,000
Nebraska 9 $1,702,603
New Hampshire 3 $320,959
New Jersey 39 $13,521,580
New Mexico 6 $1,673,652
Nevada 6 $1,990,461
New York 49 $16,366,359
>Ohio 21 $9,325,537
Oklahoma 7 $953,148
Oregon 11 $1,075,143
Pennsylvania 41 $12,728,204
Puerto Rico 13 $5,081,658
Rhode Island 3 $1,315,109
South Carolina 10 $2,002,064
South Dakota 4 $441,397
Tennessee 18 $2,437,453
Texas 21 $10,469,488
Utah 9 $2,079,646
Virginia 13 $2,079,651
Vermont 1 $126,720
Washington 13 $2,256,959
Wisconsin 7 $1,864,515
West Virginia 13 $1,638,598
Total 731 $200,661,399

 

 
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