HUD Announces $201 Million in New Continuum of Care Awards
March 14, 2012
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded nearly $201 million to 731 new local homeless programs across the country. This funding provides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent support for individuals and families and is a significant part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.
"This funding represents the Obama administration's financial commitment to Opening Doors' vision of ending chronic and Veterans homelessness by 2015, family homelessness by 2020, and setting us on a path to end all types of homelessness. It also reinforces our pledge to work in partnership with local communities to further innovative public-private partnerships," said U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director Barbara Poppe.
HUD recently awarded $1.47 billion to renew funding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs operating across the U.S. That funding ensured housing and service programs remained operating in 2012. The grants announced today will support new local programs never before funded by HUD.
"Today's grantees will join the tens of thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said Donovan. "It's incredible that, as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds."
According to the latest data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties throughout the U.S., homelessness declined 2.1 percent between 2010 and 2011 and a remarkable 12 percent among Veterans.
- View the list of programs around the country that received funding
- Read the full press release