HUD awards $109 million to Illinois homeless programs

Ben Carson

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Housing for homeless people in San Francisco got a boost Thursday when the federal government announced it is giving the city $9 million more than it did previous year as part of its annual funding for homeless programs around the nation.

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 will continue to support these evidence-based efforts to further the goal of eliminating homelessness both locally and nationally".

Julianna Glock with Volunteers of America in Northern Nevada, an organization that works with the homeless, says the money will go toward helping people find housing, supportive services and mental health services.

This year, HUD is continuing to challenge state and local planners to support higher performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting their local challenges, often shifting funds from existing projects to create new ones that will have a more substantial and lasting impact on reducing homelessness. While homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report long-term chronic homelessness increased.

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Federal officials announced a total of about $187 million in grants Thursday to combat a persistent homelessness problem in Southern California, with priority given to programs aimed at getting people off the streets and directly into housing.

According to HUD Florida has an estimated homeless population of a little over 32,000 people which is down about 4 percent from 2016 numbers. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 23 percent since 2016 and 60 percent since 2010. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent.

National research shows that 75-93 percent of participants in these types of programs stay stably housed and avoid a return to homelessness. HUD estimates there were 17,565 persons experiencing homelessness in MA on a single night in 2017, a decrease of 10.4 percent since the prior year.

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