HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Reg. VI 09-17
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
February 19, 2009

New pilot program in Austin focuses on rapidly rehousing newly homeless families with children

FORT WORTH - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced that the Obama Administration is awarding $74,589,410 in grants to more than 225 homeless programs throughout Texas. These grants offer homeless individuals and families a wide range of housing and support services, and nationally, nearly
$1.6 billion was awarded. A complete list of the Texas grantee organizations and amounts of funding follows.

(Note to Reporters: To get total amounts awarded to cities, you must add the CoC Grant amount to the Emergency Shelter Grant Amount, if the city received one.)

"With the foreclosure and unemployment crisis looming, millions of families - both homeowners and renters - are in danger of losing their homes, so we must focus substantial resources to help those families find stable housing," said Donovan. "The grants being awarded today, along with the additional $1.5 billion that is contained in the American Recovery and Revitalization Act, will offer a critical lifeline to those persons and families who, after a foreclosure or job loss, might otherwise be faced with homelessness."

This year, $24 million was included to create new pilot programs in 23 local communities across the country to
rapidly rehouse homeless families with children. Austin's The Passages Rapid Re-Housing Initiative received $795,540 in funding. These 23 local pilot programs will become the basis of a significantly expanded $1.5 billion effort to offer quick housing assistance to homeless families and to prevent homelessness among those facing a sudden economic crisis.

HUD's homeless 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. 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.
  • Continuums of Care are State and local planning agencies that coordinate their area's response to homelessness. They prioritize their area's needs and submit funding applications to HUD on behalf of the
    housing and service projects in their area.

  • Emergency Shelter Grants provide funds for the operation of local shelters and fund-related social service and homeless prevention programs. Emergency Shelter Grants are allocated to State and local governments, based on a formula, 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 away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.


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