Family Homelessness gets help in HUD’s Budget

In HUD;s 2008 Budget there is funding for a rapid re-housing initiative for homeless families. The total funding is limited to $25 million. The detail on this initiative are still being released. According to the Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) these funds will be “awarded competitively as part of the annual HUD funding competition.” funding will include “housing placement services, short-term housing assistance including up to 18 months of rental assistance, and appropriate services.” Clearly this will be very competitive as only a “limited number of sites will be chosen based on experience in rapid re-housing, performance in the HUD continuum of care.”

Every CoC in New Jersey should start considering how to access these funds in the upcoming NOFA.

These are the details released in the USICH newsletter:

RAPID RE-HOUSING STRATEGIES ARE FOCUS OF NEW HUD FAMILY INVESTMENT.

The FY 2008 HUD homeless budget includes $25 million for a demonstration program for rapid re-housing of homeless families. Just as new research on homeless families is emerging from both inside and outside of the Federal government, and consistent with United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Chair Mike Leavitt’s charge to the Council to increase focus on homeless families, new resources will be invested in housing and services for homeless families.

The new resources will be awarded competitively as part of the annual HUD funding competition. A limited number of sites will be chosen based on experience in rapid re-housing, performance in the HUD continuum of care, and geographic diversity. Families will receive housing placement services, short-term housing assistance including up to 18 months of rental assistance, and appropriate services. An evaluation component will include cost benefit analysis of both direct and indirect benefits of the demonstrations, and housing stability of the families.

In addition to the new targeted HUD McKinney-Vento rapid re-housing initiative, the omnibus budget measure provided $20 million for about 2,800 mainstream vouchers for the HUD Family Reunification Program.