February 19, 2009
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $22.6 MILLION IN HOMELESS GRANTS
TO 133 LOCAL HOUSING AND SERVICE PROGRAMS IN VIRGINIA
RICHMOND - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the Obama Administration is awarding $22,672,421 million in grants to 133 local homeless programs throughout Virginia. HUD grants offer homeless individuals and families a wide range of housing and support services. For a complete local summary of the grant funding announced today, visit HUD's website.
"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 recovery plan's additional $1.5
billion, will offer a critical lifeline to those persons and families who, after a foreclosure or job loss, might otherwise be faced with
homelessness. Today we are announcing an unprecedented commitment to fund programs that have a proven track record of providing real housing solutions for our most vulnerable neighbors."
Included in today's announcement, HUD is awarding $24 million to create new pilot programs in 23 local communities
to rapidly rehouse homeless families with children. These 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 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. More than $1.5 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 provide funds for the operation of local shelters and fund related social service and homeless prevention programs. Emergency Shelter Grants that 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 away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.
This year, HUD launched a new electronic grant submission process called e-snaps. This new electronic system
allows applicants to store their submissions as they work on them and significantly reduces the time it takes HUD
staff to review these applications. It also saves considerable effort by avoiding burdensome and time-consuming
data entry. In the end, e-snaps will streamline and accelerate the process of awarding HUD grant to local homeless programs across the country.
Note: For information on HUD's homeless programs, please contact Bill Miles (804) 822-4807. For information on
how the grantee will administer the funding or for information on a specific local project, please contact the local Continuum of Care. Contact information for Continuums of Care in Virginia can be found online (www.hudhre.info/index.cfm?do=viewCocContacts).
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; 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 and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.