On March 8, 2016, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $1.6 billion in grants to provide funding to 6,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the United States.
The Tier 1 Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Obama Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
HUD will award approximately $300 million in “Tier 2 grants” in the spring to support hundreds more local programs.
“A safe, stable home is the foundation for opportunity in all of our lives. That’s why we’re continuing to challenge communities to deploy proven strategies to help people experiencing homelessness find a place to call home. Through unprecedented partnership among every level of government and private, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, we know this goal is not just aspirational – it’s achievable.”
Said Secretary Castro.
This year’s renewal grants are being awarded in the most competitive environment HUD has experienced in the Continuum of Care grant program.
To compete most effectively, communities made very challenging decisions, often shifting funds from existing projects to create new ones that will have a more substantial and lasting impact on homeless populations.