$45 Million in HUD Funding Going to Help End NJ Homelessness

$45 Million in HUD Funding Going to Help End NJ Homelessness

This year, at the national level, HUD plans to send $2 billion in the grants to more than 7,300 programs helping the homeless.

HUD officials said the Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautaugua, and Cattaraugus counties.

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.

Across the country, HUD has launched "Continuums of Care" composed of volunteers trying to count the homeless population.

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There are "proven" ways to do that, Carson said, one of which is known as "housing first, and it really means, instead of setting up a bunch of requirements before we help people, we get them off the streets".

Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the US, especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. While homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report long-term chronic homelessness increased. HUD's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of.7 percent since past year.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says California programs will see an increase in grant funding. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 23 percent since 2016 and 60 percent since 2010.

According to HUD, "HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions created to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless". That was 0.7 percent higher than in 2016.

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