Nonprofits, County Agencies Awarded $20 Million in HUD Grants to Combat Homelessness

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

President Donald Trump's administration announced $2 billion in grants Thursday for local agencies trying to help the homeless even as the government proposes deep cuts to federal housing programs.

HUD officials said the Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautaugua, and Cattaraugus counties.

The awards consider the cost of funding current programs, how well projects perform and housing costs.

New federal funding is heading to New Jersey to help support efforts to put an end to homelessness in the state.

Organizations based in Chicago will receive the most in funding, with $68.3 million, and programs in Cook County will receive roughly $12.1 million.

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HUD-funded strategies have led to a 22 percent reduction in the homeless population in Western New York since 2010, according to Regional Administrator Lynne Patton. "Rapid rehousing ensures that homelessness is a brief, rare and non-recurring event for individuals and families".

HUD estimates there were 553,742 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night nationally in 2017, and increase of.7 percent since a year ago. In addition, homelessness among families with children declined 14.2 percent across the state since 2016. Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased.

Ben Carson announced the money was coming through Continuum of Care grants.

Homelessness also inched up about 1 percent across the nation, according to HUD, which found that on a given night across the country in 2017, an estimated 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one-third living on the streets.

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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