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Toni Schmiegelow
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April 28, 2011

Grants represent historic investment to confront rural homelessness

RICHMOND - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $2.4 million to 11 homeless programs across Virginia. The grants announced today are $800,000 more than last year's grants and, combined with renewal funding announced earlier this year, represents the most homelessness assistance ever awarded by HUD.

In January, nationally HUD awarded more than $1.4 billion in Continuum of Care grants to renew funding to 7,000 existing local homeless programs. The funding announced today will invest in local projects which have never before received HUD homeless funds, providing critically needed housing and support services to an estimated 21,000 homeless individuals and families. Though homelessness is largely an urban phenomenon, HUD is reserving record funding to meet the unique challenges faced by homeless individuals and families living in rural areas.

"Today, we build on the Obama Administration's goal to prevent and end homelessness in America," said Donovan. "This funding will make a significant impact in the lives of thousands of people and provide resources to bring them towards the road of independence."

HUD's Continuum of Care grants fund a wide range of transitional and permanent housing programs as well as supportive services such as job training, case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment
and child care. Street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless
persons and families are also funded through these grants. 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.

Last year, 19 federal agencies in the Obama Administration announced a plan to end all homelessness through, Opening Doors, an unprecedented federal strategy to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, and to end homelessness among children, families, and youth by 2020. In addition to the Continuum of Care grant program,
HUD's new Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is making a major contribution to the Opening Doors strategy. To date,
HPRP has allocated $1.5 billion to prevent more than 875,000 people from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do.

HUD's homelessness grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Department's latest Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), chronic homelessness has declined by 30 percent since 2006.
This decline is directly attributed to HUD's homeless grants helping to create significantly more permanent housing for those who might otherwise be living on the streets. It was also reported in the AHAR that the number of homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, almost certainly due to the ongoing effects of the recession.

See below for the local programs awarded grants today.


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Fiscal Year 2010
Continuum of Care Competition
Homeless Assistance New Project Award

VA-500 - Richmond/Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover Counties CoC
New (2010) Scattered Site Housing SHP $421,688
Bonus (2010) Scattered Site Housing SHP $313,769
VA-500 Total: $735,457

VA-501 - Norfolk CoC
Legacy Expansion II Permanent Supportive Housing SHP $264,687
VA-501 Total: $264,687

VA-502 - Roanoke City & County/Salem CoC
Blue Ridge Homeless Management Information System Expansion SHP $17,457
Rural Highlands Shelter Plus Care S+C $174,900
VA-502 Total: $192,357

VA-503 - Virginia Beach CoC
Veterans First-2010 Permanent Housing Bonus SHP $122,018
VA-503 Total: $122,018

VA-505 - Newport News/Hampton/Virginia Peninsula CoC
VA-505 Total: $114,872

VA-512 - Chesapeake CoC
Chesapeake Legacy II Permanent Supportive Housing SHP $23,434
Chesapeake Legacy I Permanent Supportive Housing SHP $46,426
VA-512 Total: $69,860

VA-513 - Winchester/Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren Counties CoC
2010 House of Hope Request SHP $36,750
VA-513 Total: $36,750

VA-514 - Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania, Stafford Counties CoC
Journey Supportive Housing Program-Phase II SHP $62,988
Journey Supportive Housing-Bonus SHP $27,031
VA-514 Total: $90,019

VA-521 - Virginia Balance of State CoC
HOPE TH Expansion SHP $144,845
Bristol Permanent Supportive Housing Development Expansion SHP $186,700
BOS HMIS Expansion SHP $26,250
VA-521 Total: $357,795

VA-600 - Arlington County CoC
Home Bound 2 SHP $90,248
VA-600 Total: $90,248

VA-601 - Fairfax County CoC
Bailey's Supportive Housing Program SHP $306,441
VA-601 Total: $306,441

VA Total: $2,380,504


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