HUD awards $71.3 million to Fla. homeless programs

In real estate on January 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

WASHINGTON – Jan. 20, 2011 – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded $71,389,061 in funding to keep 321 local homeless assistance programs in Florida operating in the coming year. The grants form a foundation for the Obama Administration’s Opening Doors strategy.

For a summary of the Florida grants announced today in PDF formatvisit HUD’s website.

In a few weeks, thousands of volunteers in most U.S. cities and counties will conduct a national one-night count of homeless persons and families.

“There is a tremendous need on our streets and in our shelters among those experiencing both long-term homelessness as well as families confronting a sudden economic crisis,” said Donovan. “These grants are the life blood for thousands of local housing and service programs that are doing the heavy lifting to meet President Obama’s goal of ending homelessness.”

In June, 19 federal agencies and offices – the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) – submitted a comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness to the President and Congress called, Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The plan’s stated goal is to end veterans’ and chronic homelessness by 2015; and to end homelessness among children, families and youth by 2020.

Last September, HUD announced that it would renew funding through its Continuum of Care programs to existing local programs as quickly as possible to prevent any interruption in federal assistance. HUD will award funds to new projects later in the year.

HUD’s Continuum of Care grants 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. HUD awards Continuum of Care grants competitively to local programs to meet the needs of homeless clients. HUD’s homeless assistance grants are aimed at reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Department’s latest homeless assessment, chronic homelessness has declined since 2005. While the total number of homeless persons in America dropped slightly between 2008 and 2009, the number of homeless families increased for the second consecutive year.

In addition to HUD’s annual grant awards, HUD allocated $1.5 billion through its new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program. Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HPRP is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do. To date, more than 750,000 persons have been assisted through HPRP.

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