|HUD No. 11-CoC-002
December 20, 2011
HUD AWARDS $5,260,696 TO 50 HOMELESS PROJECTS IN UTAH
Funding supports Obama Administration strategy to prevent and end homelessness
SALT LAKE CITY - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $5,260,696 to renew funding to 50 homeless projects and programs operating in Utah. The funding announced today will ensure these housing and service programs remain operating in 2012 and are a critical part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless assistance programs awarded funding on HUD's website.
Rick M. Garcia, Regional Administrator, said, "HUD is renewing funding through its Continuum of Care programs to existing local programs as quickly as possible to prevent any interruption in federal assistance and will award funds
to new projects in early 2012."
"The grants we're awarding today will literally keep the doors of our shelters open and will help those on the front
lines of ending homelessness do what they do best," said Donovan.
HUD's Continuum of Care grants announced today 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.
Last year, 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 allocated $1.5 billion through its Homelessness 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. To date, more
than one million persons have been assisted through HPRP.
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