HUD announces funds for homeless programs

Posted January 13, 2018

On Thursday, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it was sending $83.2 million to Florida to support 327 groups helping the homeless across the Sunshine State.

Four dozen San Diego County nonprofit groups were awarded grants.

Organizations based in Chicago will receive the most in funding, with $68.3 million, and programs in Cook County will receive roughly $12.1 million.

The total awards in the Continuum of Care program is the most ever, though only slightly above collective grants of more than $1.9 billion in the last few years.

Alameda County to the east of San Francisco will get 35 million dollars, the second biggest amount in the San Francisco Bay Area, while Santa Clara County, southwest of San Francisco, will receive 22 million dollars.

"HUD stands with our local partners, who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors", said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

Heartland Alliance and Thresholds, which both focus on connecting people to medical care and permanent housing, were among the recipients in Chicago.

San Francisco had a homeless population of about 7,500 in 2017, according to a Homeless Point-in-Time count survey, or a "homeless census" conducted by the city previous year. However, homelessness among families dropped 5.4 percent.

"Continuums are critical leaders in the work to end homelessness nationwide", said Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

HUD's 2017 homeless estimate points to a significant increase in the number of reported persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness, particularly in California and other high-cost rental markets experiencing a significant shortage of affordable housing.

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