April 1, 2004
HUD AWARDS $6.5 MILLION TO HELP PROVIDE PERMANENT HOUSING TO HELP END CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS
Community organizations in 10 States to move homeless persons away from a
life on the streets
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of persons experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness will no longer be living on the streets of 13 communities because of $6.5 million in funding announced today by Housing and Urban Development Acting Secretary Alphonso Jackson. Jackson made the announcement during a White House meeting of the Interagency Council of Homelessness.
HUD is providing this funding from the Department's HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to develop permanent rental housing for the hardest-to-serve homeless individuals who may also be living with a disability, mental illness or an addiction. The projects must be carried out by local community-based nonprofit organizations. Each of the following jurisdictions will receive grants of $500,000:
|Contra Costa County Consortium||CA|
|City of San Francisco||CA|
|City of Denver||CO|
|City of Orlando||FL|
|City of St. Petersburg||FL|
|City of Cedar Rapids||IA|
|City of Decatur||IL|
|State of Minnesota||MN|
|Hennepin County Consortium||MN|
|City of Minneapolis||MN|
|State of Nevada||NV|
|County of Spokane||WA|
"This funding not only supports the Administration's goal of ending the cycle of homelessness but will offer real hope to some of our hardest-to-serve neighbors," said Jackson. "We will continue to work side-by-side with our local partners to help find real housing solutions for those who need our help most."
The funding announced today will help community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to move individuals who experience long-term or chronic homelessness off the streets and into permanent rental housing.
Last December, HUD awarded record $1.27 billion to thousands of local homeless assistance projects around the country. This unprecedented commitment helps support emergency shelter, transitional housing, vital services and a permanent home for homeless individuals and families. In addition, the Bush Administration is fashioning a more coordinated federal response to homelessness in America through the Interagency Council on Homelessness and its 20 member agencies.
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 as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.