$1.6 Billion Announced for
Homeless Programs Across Country
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that thousands of homeless housing programs across the country would receive a total of $1.6 billion in renewal grants through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program.
Of this funding, New Jersey received $27,766,189 for a total of 201 renewals.
The national funding renews support for a total of 7,100 programs that provide housing and support services to people and families experiencing homelessness. This funding is for renewals of existing programs that HUD grantees placed in tier one of their applications, but not for new (reallocated) programs, or for programs in tier two. HUD will release those at another time.
“Over the last few years we have changed the trajectory of homelessness in America, but we need bipartisan support from Congress to fully fund proven strategies that have created this downward trend. The evidence is clear that the cost of doing nothing far exceeds the cost of finding real housing solutions for those who might otherwise be living on our streets.”
“In the face of budget cuts from sequestration, Continuums of Care and grantees were forced to make difficult choices and do as much as possible to advance their local efforts to end homelessness with fewer resources. Communities are making the smart choice, investing HUD funds in evidence-based, cost-effective programs. Now we need help from Congress to fully fund these programs and provide communities with exactly what they need to reach the goals of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.”
Said Laura Zeilinger, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).
Click here for the full press release from HUD.
Click here for the list of NJ projects.