$84M in HUD grants to help Fla. homeless

WASHINGTON – Feb. 2, 2015 – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Of that total, Florida programs will receive $84,255,169 for hundreds of local programs throughout the state. Actual grants range from $32,258,225 for Miami-Dade County programs to $49,162 earmarked for two programs in Bay and Jackson Counties.

The Continuum of Care grants support efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country. In addition to renewing funding to thousands of effective existing projects, HUD is funding 25 new projects awarded as part of a special competition designed to help make progress toward ending chronic homelessness.

“We’re also focused on providing targeted assistance to families and young people who are falling between the cracks,” says Castro. “As a nation, we can and must end homelessness.”

The local programs offer a variety of housing and services, including transitional and permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, street outreach, client assessment and more.

2015 marks HUD’s 50th anniversary. 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 comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness, “Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.”

According to data from more than 3,000 cities and counties around the country, there were 578,424 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2014. Since 2010, local communities around the country reported a 10 percent decline in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness and a 25 percent drop in the number of those living on the streets. In addition, state and local planning agencies’ counts reveal a 33 percent drop in homelessness among veterans, including a 43 percent reduction in unsheltered homelessness among veterans.

For a complete list of Florida programs and HUD-funded dollar amount, visit HUD’s website.

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