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HUD No. 13-08
Adam Glantz (212) 264-1100
Olga Alvarez (212) 542-7142
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
May 2, 2013

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $1,379,024
TO CONTINUE HELPING HOMELESS PERSONS AND FAMILIES IN NEW JERSEY

HUD grants renew support for 18 local housing and service projects (list included)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $1,379,024 a second round of grants to support 18 local homeless housing and service programs in New Jersey. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs, funding announced today will ensure these HUD-assisted local homeless assistance programs remain operating in the coming year. Last March, HUD awarded additional support to hundreds of other existing local programs and will make a third round of funding to support selected new projects later this year. View a complete list of all the New Jersey homeless projects awarded funding.

"We know these modest investments in housing and serving our homeless neighbors not only saves money, but saves lives," said Donovan. "These local programs are on the front lines of the Obama Administrations efforts to prevent and end homelessness as we know it once and for all."

HUD’s Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients. The grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families. HUD funds are a critical part of the Obama Administration’s strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.

"This second round of funding is welcome relief to so many homeless persons that continue to struggle towards self-sufficiency," said Acting Regional Administrator Mirza Orriols. "This federal funding also provides respite to so many dedicated organizations; advocates and volunteers that see the need and work tirelessly to assist the men, women, children, and veterans that still need shelter and a place to call home."

While the Fiscal Year 2012 funds awarded today are not impacted by the automatic across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration that began March 1st, Donovan cautioned that future budget cuts may reverse significant reported declines in homelessness: "During this challenging budget climate, we must make certain that we don’t balance our books on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. When we make even modest investments in these programs, we see a measureable decline in homelessness."

HUD recently announced its 2012 "point in time" estimate of the number of homeless persons in America. Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 633,782 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2012, largely unchanged from the year before.While HUD found significant declines among the long-term homeless and veterans, local communities reported an increase in the number of sheltered and unsheltered families with children. In New Jersey, local communities reported a 7.8 percent overall decrease in homelessness in 2012.

HUD's Continuum of Care grants announced today will continue offering 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 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.

List of local housing and service projects

Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. Hackensack
$89,026
Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. Hackensack
$88,110
Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. Hackensack
$60,517
Vantage Health System, Inc. Dumont
$87,996
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton - Providence House Burlington Project Self-Sufficiency Trenton
$69,218
Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity, Inc. Camden
$169,833
Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity, Inc. Camden
$130,911
Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council - Homeless Programs Cherry Hill
$6,805
Perth Amboy Care House West Nyack
$90,000
Hispanic Multi-Purpose Service Center Paterson
$41,902
Paterson Housing Authority Creech Permanent Housing I Paterson
$132,894
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Trenton
$2,001
Salem County Inter Agency Council of Human Services - Salem County Leased Apartments/HOMES program Salem
$144,160
Elizabeth/Union County CoC - Homefirst/Plainfield Housing Authority Elizabeth
$56,727
Elizabeth/Union County CoC - YMCA of Eastern Union County Elizabeth
$90,397
Cape May County Board of Social Services - Cape May BOSS Leasing Rio Grande
$18,271
Center For Family Services, Inc. - CFS Victims of Domestic Violence Cumberland SHP Camden
$37,022
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey - Cumberland Shelter Plus Care Freehold
$63,234
New Jersey Total
$1,379,024

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