HUD Archives: News Releases

Kristine Foye
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February 20, 2007

Funding part of $1.4 billion awarded nationwide

Local homeless programs in Vermont will receive more than $2.3 million in funding announced today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. These grants are part of $1.4 billion awarded nationwide to support a record number of local programs - 5,300 - providing critically needed emergency shelter, transitional
housing and permanent support more than 150,000 individuals and families.

"These grants will support local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living
on our streets," said Jackson. "Whether it's a single man living with a mental illness or a family struggling to give
their children a roof over their heads, this funding is quite literally saving lives."

Since 2001, HUD has awarded approximately $9 billion in funding to state and local communities to support the housing and service needs of homeless persons and families. HUD's homeless funding is provided in two ways:

  • HUD's Continuum of Care programs 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 $1.9 million in Continuum of Care grants
    are being awarded competitively to local programs in Vermont 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 homeless shelters, assist in the operation of local shelters and
    fund related social service and homeless prevention programs. HUD is awarding $360,813 in Emergency
    Shelter Grants that are allocated based on a formula to local governments in Vermont 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

The Goal to End Chronic Homelessness

For six years, ending chronic homelessness has been one of President Bush's national goals. Research indicates that approximately 20 percent of all homeless persons experience long-term or chronic homelessness. These studies conclude that this hardest-to-serve population utilizes more than half of all emergency shelter resources designed
to assist homeless individuals and families. By shifting the federal emphasis toward meeting the needs of the most vulnerable homeless persons, more resources become available for those who experience situational homelessness.
To learn more about chronic homelessness, visit the HUD's Chronic Homelessness webpage.


HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities;
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
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VT06-500 Vermont Balance of State CoC
Central Vermont Community Land SHPR
Northwestern Counseling & Support Services SHPR
Northeast Kingdom Human Services SHPR
Twin Pine Housing Trust SHPR
Addison County Community Action Group SHPR
Clara Martin Center SHPR
Bennington Coalition for the Homeless SHPR
Good Samaritans SHPR
State of Vermont Department of Mental Health, Division of Mental Health SHPR
Windham County Homeless Outreach SHPR
Ruthland County Housing Coalition SHPR
Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Inc SHPR
Vermont State Housing Authority VT901 SHPR
Vermont State Housing Authority VT901 SPCR
VT06-501 Burlington/Chittenden County CoC
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity SHPR
The Howard Center for Human Services SHPR
The Howard Center for Human Services SHPR
Burlington Commuinty Land Trust SPCR
Burling Community Land Trust SPCR
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