HUD Awards Over $2 Million to Homeless Programs in NJ

Funding Supports Service Providers and Non-Profits in the Garden State

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced over $118 million in grants to support local homeless assistance programs across the country.

This round of HUD’s Continuum of Care grants will provides critically needed support to approximately 630 local programs on the front lines, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

In this round of funding awards, twenty-two projects in New Jersey received a total of $2,286,952 in funding. This Tier 2 HUD funding includes renewal, new, and domestic violence (DV) bonus projects.

In January of this year, HUD announced that communities served by New Jersey’s sixteen Continuums of Care (CoC) received $46,031,871 in funding. This new and renewal funding supported over a total of 200 predominantly renewed programs and also some new programs. Click here to read more about this previous announcement.

HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This new funding announced last week will assist those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

On January 23, 2019, NJCounts 2019, the state-wide point-in-time count of the homeless found 8,864 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in the State of New Jersey. NJCounts 2020 took place on January 29, 2020. Monarch Housing coordinates the annual count and the results of NJCounts 2020 will be available later this year.

The solutions to ending homelessness include increasing the supply of affordable and supportive housing, improving access to that housing, and ensuring persons experiencing homelessness have a voice in the process. Communities across New Jersey have been working to implement these solutions through best practices such as housing first and rapid re-housing programs.

These housing programs expand the supply of affordable and supportive housing. They provide long-term and short-term rental assistance vouchers coupled with support services tailored to individual participant needs. They work to address access to housing by eliminating barriers to program entry, such as requiring completion of treatment programs or attaining a specific level of income. These program models have helped communities across the country reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness.

During this current coronavirus pandemic, the population experiencing homelessness faces serious challenges and we must both meet their immediate needs and continue to work to increase the supply of affordable and supportive housing in New Jersey.

Click here for HUD’s March 13, 2020 press release.