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HUD No. 15-006
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685

FOR RELEASE
Monday
January 26, 2015

HUD AWARDS $1.8 BILLION FOR LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS
Funding supports goal to prevent and end homelessness

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (see attached chart).   The Continuum of Care grants announced today support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.

In addition to renewing funding to thousands of effective existing projects, HUD is funding 25 new projects that will provide permanent supportive housing to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness in areas with especially high need.  These new projects were awarded as part of a special competition designed to help the Department make progress toward its goal of ending chronic homelessness.  View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“It’s a national shame that anyone would call the streets their home,” said Castro.  “Working with our local partners, we’re redoubling our efforts to support permanent housing solutions for our veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.  We’re also focused on providing targeted assistance to families and young people who are falling between the cracks. As a nation, we can and must end homelessness.”

“Communities across the country are driving progress by implementing the strategies that work to end homelessness—Housing First, permanent supportive housing, and rapid rehousing,” said Matthew Doherty, Interim Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “The grants announced today are critical investments into these strategies, providing assistance to families and individuals so that they can remain in permanent housing or get back into permanent housing as quickly as possible and never experience the crisis of homelessness again.”

The local programs supported by the grants announced today offer a variety of housing and services including transitional and permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, street outreach, client assessment, and other services.  HUD is continuing to challenge local communities to reexamine their response to homelessness and give greater weight to proven strategies, including rapid re-housing for homeless families with children, permanent supportive housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness, and implementation of a Housing First approach.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of HUD and Secretary Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunity for all Americans.  Ending homelessness is among HUD’s, and the Obama Administration’s, vision.  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 as well as to end homelessness among children, family, and youth.    

HUD recently announced the 2014 estimate of the number of homeless persons in America.  According to data from more than 3,000 cities and counties around the country, there were 578,424 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2014.  Since 2010, local communities around the country reported a10 percent decline in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness and a remarkable 25 percent drop in the number of those living on the streets.  In addition, state and local planning agencies’ counts reveal a 33 percent drop in homelessness among veterans, including a 43 percent reduction in unsheltered homelessness among veterans.

cross America, local homelessness planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care’ are organizing volunteers at this time of year to help count the number of persons located in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and living unsheltered on the streets.  Continuums of Care will report these one-night ‘point-in-time counts’ later in the year and will form the basis of HUD’s 2015 national homeless estimate.             

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State

# of Local Homeless Programs Funded

Total Funding

Alaska

28

 $ 3,676,398

Alabama

78

 $16,844,653

Arkansas

31

 $4,923,250

Arizona

120

 $39,258,830

California

1001

 $307,573,759

Colorado

91

 $25,814,762

Connecticut

166

 $39,109,836

District of Columbia

68

 $21,213,697

Delaware

26

 $6,745,030

Florida

380

 $84,255,169

Georgia

185

 $37,071,955

Guam

8

 $1,346,148

Hawaii

45

 $11,620,000

Iowa

55

 $8,346,433

Idaho

45

 $4,076,606

Illinois

448

 $100,101,004

Indiana

109

 $16,411,898

Kansas

61

 $9,158,715

Kentucky

104

 $19,006,587

Louisiana

182

 $31,585,302

Massachusetts

334

 $69,697,825

Maryland

237

 $48,362,263

Maine

38

 $ 10,408,035

Michigan

325

 $67,691,167

Minnesota

222

 $28,929,712

Missouri

133

 $29,676,813

Mississippi

40

 $5,527,884

Montana

23

 $2,648,499

North Carolina

184

 $21,174,515

North Dakota

23

 $2,173,491

Nebraska

53

 $7,652,645

New Hampshire

68

 $6,622,195

New Jersey

272

 $38,088,939

New Mexico

59

 $9,324,895

Nevada

51

 $14,798,196

New York

678

 $191,794,858

Ohio

332

 $88,254,349

Oklahoma

72

 $7,830,616

Oregon

135

 $26,694,306

Pennsylvania

568

 $92,425,789

Puerto Rico

71

 $19,301,084

Rhode Island

41

 $5,262,197

South Carolina

66

 $9,787,199

South Dakota

7

 $1,225,381

Tennessee

162

 $21,574,617

Texas

267

 $77,942,382

Utah

63

 $8,468,719

Virginia

171

 $26,943,739

Virgin Island

2

 $133,218

Vermont

26

 $3,731,788

Washington

217

 $48,190,412

Wisconsin

105

 $22,621,452

West Virginia

71

 $7,232,708

Wyoming

5

 $327,002

TOTAL

8352

 $1,810,658,922