HUD provides $2 billion to thousands of homeless programs
SAN JUAN – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded approximately $2 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs, including more than $18.1 million to 56 Puerto Rico programs.
HUD’s Continuum of Care grants will provide support to a total 5,800 programs that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The renewal funding is for previously funded programs. The agency said it will announce new project awards, including those with Domestic Violence Bonus funding, at a later date.
The funding supports interventions to assist those experiencing homelessness, “particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs or at imminent risk of becoming homeless,” the department said, adding that it serves more than one million people yearly through emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing programs.
On Thursday, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón congratulated the recipients of these funds and expressed her “total support for the commendable work they do in providing a roof for people who for various reasons cannot sustain a home.”
“At this time of year, thousands of local homeless assistance providers receive federal funding to operate and maintain stable housing for those living in our shelter system and on our streets,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a release issued Saturday. “Renewing these grants will come as a huge relief to these providers, and it will allow them to continue their work to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Last December, HUD said, local communities reported homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018. Based upon those reports, HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since 2017.
“The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 2.7 percent since 2017 and 29 percent since 2010. Local communities also reported a continuing trend in reducing veteran homelessness across the country – the number of veterans experiencing homelessness fell 5.4 percent since January 2017 and by 49 percent since 2010,” HUD’s release added.