This week, Secretary Donovan awarded more than $216 million in homeless assistance funding to nearly 700 new programs around the country. HUD awarded $26 million more than last year’s grants and, combined with $1.4 billion in renewal funding announced earlier this year, the Department has awarded the most homelessness assistance funds ever.
“These funds arrive at an important moment,” said Secretary Donovan. “In the midst of what anyone who has worked to end homelessness would agree has been a remarkable period of progress.”
The new homeless assistance funding will invest in local projects which have never before received HUD homeless funds, providing critically needed housing and support services to an estimated 21,000 homeless individuals and families. Though homelessness is largely an urban phenomenon, HUD also is targeting a record $16.4 million to 87 never-before-funded programs in less populated areas of the country to meet the unique challenges faced by homeless individuals and families living in rural areas.
This announcement also provides a significant investment towards the Obama Administration’s plan to end all homelessness through, Opening Doors, an unprecedented federal strategy to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, and to end homelessness among children, families, and youth by 2020.