Competitive Process Recognizes NJ’s Success as Leader in Ending Homelessness With 12% Funding Increase
On December 20, 2016, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced $45,574,610 in HUD funding to New Jersey communities working to end homelessness.
With the exception of one state, South Dakota which has one Continuum of Care, no other state out-performed New Jersey in receiving an increase in HUD funding.
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“This federal funding will provide much needed assistance to our most vulnerable populations by supporting the organizations on the front lines in the battle against homelessness in New Jersey,” said Sen. Cory Booker. “As a former mayor, I know how important increasing access to safe and reliable housing is to strengthening our communities. We have a commitment to extending a hand to our brothers and sisters who need it most by helping ensure they have every opportunity to lift themselves up.”
Monarch congratulates all New Jersey’s counties on their awards, including the 17 counties Monarch works with to submit successful funding applications.
“We are very pleased with this year’s awards,” said Richard W. Brown, Monarch’s CEO. “it is a clear indication that the leadership of NJ’s Continuums of Care are making progress in ending homelessness by embracing proven solutions such as coordinated assessment, housing first and rapid re-housing. Together we can build on this year’s success and continue to make progress so that one day we can end homelessness in NJ.”
New Jersey organizations received a combination of renewed, reallocated and new funding.
This year, HUD continued to challenge state and local planning organizations called “Continuums of Care” to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of homeless persons in their communities.
“This critical federal funding will help thousands of homeless men, women, children, families and veterans across New Jersey access safe and reliable housing and obtain the services and stability they need to get back on their feet and improve their lives,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking member on the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. “We must continue to honor our commitment to ending homelessness by supporting effective local programs and services.”
Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD’s call to shift funds from existing under-performing projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
“Today marks another critical investment in support of those working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “We know how to end homelessness and will continue to encourage our local partners to use the latest evidence to achieve success. These grants support proven strategies to end homelessness once and for all.”
As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prevent and end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs across throughout U.S. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.
In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness as well as for children, family, and youth.
Since the launch of Opening Doors in 2010, local communities around the country report:
- The total number of individuals experiencing homelessness declined by 14 percent;
- Veteran homelessness fell by 47 percent;
- Chronic homelessness declined 27 percent; and
- Family homelessness declined by nearly 23 percent.
HUD has launched a robust effort to more accurately account for the youth and young adult population in the nation’s next count slated for next month. Once local communities gather and report their 2017 data, HUD will issue a new national estimate in the Fall of 2017.
NJCounts 2016 found 8,941 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey. This showed a decrease of 1,279 persons (12.4%) from 2015. While the decrease shows progress, the count still shows the critical need for voucher and homeless assistance funding.