|HUD No. 13-176
November 22, 2013
HUD MAKES $1.7 BILLION IN GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR HOMELESS PROGRAMS
Funding represents a 5% cut to existing homeless programs
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD will award $1.7 billion to support homeless assistance programs with the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Due to a record number of existing programs requesting funds to continue operating, flat funding from Congress and sequestration, this amount represents a 5% cut to existing programs and risks halting or even reversing recent reductions of homelessness in communities across the country.
The funding will provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.
"In recent years we have made great progress in reducing homelessness, especially among veterans and people who are chronically homeless. Now is not the time to retreat from doing what we know is working", said Secretary Donovan. "We shouldn't be cutting our budget on the backs of the most vulnerable in our society. Investing in these programs is the right things to do not just for the lives it will save, but also for our economy. Congress should work in a bipartisan way to fully fund these programs at the level President Obama has requested."
HUD's homeless assistance grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Department's latest homelessness assessment, the Point-in-Time count, released this week (www.onecpd.info/resource/3300/2013-ahar-part-1-pit-estimates-of-homelessness/), since launching Opening Doors in 2010, chronic homelessness has dropped 16%; homelessness among families has declined 8%; and homelessness among veterans fell an incredible 24%.
In 2010, the Obama Administration created Opening Doors, the nation's first strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. It is a coordinated effort across 19 federal agencies to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, and to end homelessness among children, families, and youth by 2020.
Project applications are available today and can be found at www.hud.gov/esnaps (http://esnaps.hud.gov/grantium/frontOffice.jsf). For entities needing assistance with grant applications, online training is available at www.hudhre.info/esnaps/ (www.onecpd.info/e-snaps/). Applications are due no later than February 3, 2014.
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