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HUD No. 14-077
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
June 19, 2014

HUD PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR NEARLY 900 LOCAL HOMELESS
PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Local communities rethinking traditional approaches to confronting homelessness

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a second round of grants totaling $140 million to nearly 900 local homeless assistance programs across the country (see attached chart). Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program,  the funding announced today will ensure additional permanent and transitional housing renewal projects are able to continue operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.

Today’s grant announcement includes 436 new local projects aimed at providing permanent supportive housing for persons experiencing chronic homelessness through a Housing First approach and to “rapidly re-house” families with children that are living on the street or in emergency shelters.  View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“Communities all across the country are changing their approach to reducing homelessness and now is not the time to retreat from doing what we know works,” said Donovan.  “Investing in proven strategies such as ‘Rapid Re-housing’ and ‘Housing First’ help to break the cycle of homelessness as we’ve known it in these communities.”

This year, local planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care’ were asked to make strategic and hard decisions in order to implement a required five percent cut as a result of sequestration.   While HUD was able to fund all eligible new permanent housing projects requested, the Department was only able to fund permanent housing and transitional housing renewal projects requested in this second round of grants (Tier 2).  Despite these cuts and the tough budgetary decisions they forced, most local planners chose to reallocate funds from lower priorities in order to create projects following best-practice models that serve those homeless persons most in need and to help the community achieve the goal of ending homelessness.

Earlier this year, HUD awarded $1.6 billionin the first round of funding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs operating across the U.S.  That funding ensured that the local projects communities deemed most essential would remain operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.

Donovan added, “During this tough budget climate, ending homelessness requires a continued bipartisan commitment from Congress. The grantees receiving funds today will join the thousands of local programs that are already on the front lines ending homelessness as we know it.”

HUD recently announced its 2013 estimate of the number of homeless persons in America. Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 610,000 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2013, down 6.1 percent since 2010. During the same time, HUD found significant declines among the long-term or chronic homeless population (15.7 percent) and veterans experiencing homelessness (24.2 percent).

In 2010, 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.

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Fiscal Year 2014 Continuum of Care Tier 2 Awards

State Total # of Projects Total Funding
Alabama 11 $1,302,402
Alaska 2 $96,985
Arizona 19 $3,833,216
Arkansas 4 $464,772
California 96 $18,042,110
Colorado 8 $905,798
Connecticut 27 $2,741,201
Delaware 5 $1,136,814
District of Columbia 4 $1,087,362
Florida 42 $10,207,105
Georgia 19 $3,316,962
Guam 1 $129,258
Hawaii 3 $663,793
Idaho 8 $476,745
Illinois 46 $4,652,356
Indiana 7 $1,283,747
Iowa 4 $457,430
Kansas 11 $1,262,555
Kentucky 7 $1,026,508
Louisiana 23 $2,266,517
Maine 8 $1,248,116
Maryland 32 $1,893,776
Massachusetts 37 $4,211,689
Michigan 36 $7,857,420
Minnesota 30 $2,337,942
Mississippi 6 $417,081
Missouri 17 $2,655,529
Montana 3 $301,913
Nebraska 9 $592,131
Nevada 8 $1,599,444
New Hampshire 9 $534,653
New Jersey 33 $2,678,038
New Mexico 6 $653,791
New York 58 $23,172,917
North Carolina 20 $1,318,124
North Dakota 1 $25,750
Ohio 25 $3,728,834
Oklahoma 11 $785,047
Oregon 18 $2,400,180
Pennsylvania 38 $4,889,981
Puerto Rico 5 $933,848
Rhode Island 5 $856,503
South Carolina 6 $442,897
South Dakota 1 $19,199
Tennessee 15 $1,939,145
Texas 28 $7,067,023
Utah 9 $708,615
Vermont 4 $273,541
Virginia 31 $3,599,888
Washington 23 $3,554,854
West Virginia 10 $846,303
Wisconsin 9 $1,787,087
TOTAL 898 $140,684,895