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HUD No. 99-261
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Or contact your local HUD officeDecember 10, 1999


CASPER, WY - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced a $195,326 grant to provide housing and needed services that will help homeless people in Casper, WY move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Cuomo made the announcement at a news conference in Casper with Mayor James W. Monroe at the Life Steps Campus, a homeless service provider in Casper.

"These funds will give homeless people in Casper the opportunity to turn their lives around," Cuomo said. "We will help people overcome the problems that made them homeless, and help them move on to jobs and permanent housing."

Cuomo awarded the HUD assistance to the Self-Help Center/Casper Housing Authority for its domestic violence transitional shelter. This will provide long-term programs to help individuals and families.

In addition to providing housing, the Continuum of Care initiative for homeless people funds a broad range of job training, child care, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment that offer long-term solutions to homelessness.

The grants are awarded to non-profit groups, states, and local governments based on a number of factors that measure the effectiveness of plans to help homeless people become self-sufficient.

The Continuum of Care, which is the centerpiece of the federal policy on homelessness announced by President Clinton in 1993, stresses permanent solutions to homelessness through comprehensive and collaborative community planning. Communities submit Continuum of Care plans to HUD that reflect efforts to address the complexities of homelessness through a range of housing and services.

This year, the Continuum of Care was one of just ten winners, out of 1,600 competitors, of the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award that is given by the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The awards are designed to recognize "cutting edge" government programs that effectively solve problems.

Cuomo released on Dec. 8 the most comprehensive report ever done on homelessness, which showed programs by HUD and others to help homeless people are working.

The landmark study said most people who become homeless have suffered severe hardships - including physical and sexual abuse, childhood trauma, poverty, a poor education, disability and disease - but are successful in escaping homelessness when they get help from federal and other programs.

The report said that when homeless people get housing assistance and needed services,76% of those living in families and 60% of those living alone end their homeless status and move to an improved living situation after completion of the assistance program.

The report is titled The Forgotten Americans - Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve. It is filled with revealing statistics that tell the story of people around the nation who have fallen through the social safety net into homelessness.

The report said the top priority of homeless people it surveyed was to get a job - the first step to self-sufficiency. It said 44% of homeless people surveyed worked at least part-time during the past month.


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