Thursday, January 20, 2011

HUD grants mean another year of service for Springs homeless

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM

According to HUD: While the total number of homeless persons in America dropped slightly between 2008 and 2009, the number of homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, almost certainly due to the ongoing effects of the recession. Springs providers confirm that trend.
  • According to HUD: "While the total number of homeless persons in America dropped slightly between 2008 and 2009, the number of homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, almost certainly due to the ongoing effects of the recession." Springs providers confirm that trend.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued the $18.6 million in grants that keep Colorado homeless services afloat.

Across the state, 84 local homeless assistance programs received funding from the grants. Here in the Springs, HUD's 2010 Continuum of Care Awards are nearly identical to last year's, except that certain grants have been slightly reduced. According to United Way's Anne Beer, the Springs grants are as follows:

· The request amount for the projects covered here was $1,709,820
· The amount awarded was $1,691,400
· The difference of $18,420 was in the Shelter + Care grants and was due to a decrease in Fair Market Rents — meaning that the number of beds supported stayed the same, just the dollars decreased
· The bonus project NOT included here represents another $148,615. If awarded, the total amount will be $1,840,015.

According to HUD, the grants are intended to:

"provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families."

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