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HUD No. 97-112
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Or contact your local HUD officeJuly 1, 1997


WASHINGTON -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development will award $744 million to communities and groups around the nation for programs to reduce homelessness, help welfare recipients get jobs, and fight crime and drugs, Secretary Andrew Cuomo announced today.

HUD will review applications for the assistance and then make awards to programs around the country.

"These programs are part of a Clinton Administration effort to help growing numbers of Americans move from welfare and dependence to jobs and self-sufficiency," Cuomo said. "They will strengthen our economy, save taxpayers money, and give families new opportunities to work and improve their lives."

HUD will award these funds:

  • $625 million to help homeless Americans find places to live and become self-supporting. Besides providing homeless people with emergency, transitional and permanent housing, the federal assistance will fund programs such as job training, child care, substance abuse treatment and mental health care. The aid will be awarded under three programs that are part of HUD's Continuum of Care strategy to combat homelessness.

  • $42 million under the Economic Development and Supportive Services Program to help people move from welfare to work by funding job and technical training, homeownership assistance, educational services, child care, substance abuse counseling and health care.

  • $20 million to fight crime in neighborhoods surrounding HUD-assisted housing, under the Safe Neighborhood Grants Program. The program focuses on crime-prevention measures by coordinating local and federal law enforcement efforts, increasing security measures and stepping up prosecution of criminal activity.

  • $20 million under the Tenant Opportunity Program for welfare-to-work initiatives for public housing residents. The program funds vocational training, computer instruction, educational services and employment assistance in community facilities.

  • $20 million to help provide housing and support services for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families, under the Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids Program.


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