Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

HUD's Carson: 'We Know How to End Homelessness'

HUD's Carson: 'We Know How to End Homelessness'

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $2 billion to more than 7,300 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and Guam under the Continuum of Care (CoC) grants program, up from $1.95 billion for 2016.

Nationwide, the department has awarded a record $2 billion to more than 7,300 housing and services programs. "Progress is being made but we must remain resolute in our mutual commitment to more innovatively and effectively address homelessness through a housing-first approach that is evidence-based".

CoC grants support nonprofits, as well as state and local governments in rehousing homeless individuals and families, and support self-sufficiency among homeless individuals and families.

"Local organizations that serve the homeless in New Jersey assist individuals and families by providing food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and supportive services", said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for NY and New Jersey.

HUD-funded strategies have led to a 22 percent reduction in the homeless population in Western New York since 2010, according to Regional Administrator Lynne Patton. "We know how to end homelessness".

HUD officials won't return the forfeited money to Syracuse, but on Thursday the federal agency said it approved a new $680,000 grant to continue the Shelter Plus Care program this year. In addition, homelessness among families with children declined 14.2 percent across the state since 2016.

According to a HUD report, homelessness declined in MA in 2017 compared to 2016. Also, veteran homelessness decreased 4 percent from January 2016 and decreased 21 percent since 2010. Family homelessness increased by 4 percent. They will report these one-night "point-in-time counts" later in the year to establish HUD's 2018 national homeless estimate.

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