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HUD No. 11-290
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
December 20, 2011

HUD AWARDS $1.5 BILLION TO MORE THAN 7,100 LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS
Funding supports Obama Administration strategy to prevent and end homelessness

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $1.47 billion to renew funding to more than 7,100 local homeless programs operating across the country.  The funding announced today will ensure these housing and service programs remain operating in 2012 and are a critical part of the Obama Administration’s strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.   View a complete list of all the state and local homeless assistance programs awarded funding.

The funding announced today is $62 million more than last year, the most homeless assistance ever awarded by the Department.   HUD is renewing funding through its Continuum of Care programs to existing local programs as quickly as possible to prevent any interruption in federal assistance and will award funds to new projects in early 2012.

“The grants we’re awarding today will literally keep the doors of our shelters open and will help those on the front lines of ending homelessness do what they do best,” said Donovan.  “It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.”  

Last week, HUD announced its 2011 “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons in America.  Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 636,000 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2011, a 2.1 percent decline from the year before.  This documented reduction in homelessness was noticed among all population groups including individuals, families, and those experiencing long-term or chronic homeless.  In addition, HUD’s estimate reveals a 12 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans.

HUD’s Continuum of Care grants announced today 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.

Last year, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020.

In addition to HUD’s annual grant awards, HUD continues to manage the $1.5 billion Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program.  Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, this three-year grant program is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do.  To date, more than one million persons have been assisted through HPRP.

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STATE

# OF PROJECTS

TOTAL $

Alaska

25

$3,503,437

Alabama

65

$15,077,980

Arkansas

28

$4,445,771

Arizona

106

$33,097,178

California

827

$236,267,351

Colorado

87

$18,908,442

Connecticut

145

$30,955,085

District of Columbia

67

$19,584,006

Delaware

23

$5,167,848

Florida

331

$71,982,208

Georgia

139

$26,412,366

Guam

6

$879,384

Hawaii

37

$10,698,683

Iowa

46

$7,713,769

Idaho

38

$3,487,320

Illinois

400

$83,164,397

Indiana

111

$14,143,635

Kansas

51

$7,040,259

Kentucky

99

$17,076,748

Louisiana

153

$26,303,186

Massachusetts

329

$60,287,802

Maryland

220

$45,393,648

Maine

43

$9,273,528

Michigan

294

$58,882,624

Minnesota

163

$21,457,685

Missouri

113

$24,269,722

Mississippi

27

$4,298,821

Montana

18

$2,436,441

North Carolina

133

$16,661,747

North Dakota

21

$1,856,410

Nebraska

27

$4,170,820

New Hampshire

54

$5,734,811

New Jersey

197

$25,037,712

New Mexico

44

$7,042,298

Nevada

31

$7,038,188

New York

682

$172,228,303

Ohio

286

$70,305,175

Oklahoma

51

$6,049,117

Oregon

112

$19,210,480

Pennsylvania

439

$72,702,321

Puerto Rico

50

$13,473,676

Rhode Island

44

$4,648,987

South Carolina

49

$7,387,804

South Dakota

8

$1,190,215

Tennessee

133

$17,316,659

Texas

240

$64,731,964

Utah

50

$5,260,696

Virginia

141

$20,968,600

Virgin Islands

1

$168,352

Vermont

22

$3,569,374

Washington

208

$38,610,507

Wisconsin

94

$21,348,710

West Virginia

41

$4,429,412

Wyoming

4

$338,517

TOTAL

7153

$1,473,690,179