[Hpn] Today's Daily Message at HUD 12-26-00

H. C. Covington icanamerica@email.msn.com
Tue, 26 Dec 2000 11:42:26 -0600


Today's Daily Message at HUD
HUD Secretary's Daily Message
for tuesday, december 26, 2000
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President Clinton Announces $1 Billion to Help the Homeless
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During his last holiday address to the nation, President Clinton
announced on Saturday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development will award more than $1 billion in grants to help homeless
individuals and families obtain housing and receive the support
services they need to get off the streets and become self-sufficient.

The grants represent the largest amount of homeless assistance in U.S.
history, and will go to state and local governments and non-profit
organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam to fund more than 2,600 programs designed
to end homelessness. More than 200,000 individuals are expected to be
helped by the awards.

"Since President Clinton took office in 1993, HUD has invested nearly
$6 billion in programs to help the homeless - more than four times as
much as was spent from 1987 to 1993," Secretary Cuomo said. "This
Administration has made a real difference in the lives of our most
vulnerable citizens, those who have not benefited from this nation's
great economy. These grants will be a great boost to the organizations
dedicated to helping break the cycle of homelessness."
Two types of grants will be awarded:

Continuum of Care grants, which provide transitional and permanent
housing, and such support services as job training, health care,
mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, child care and
living skills training.
Emergency Shelter Grants, which help convert buildings into homeless
shelters, and fund certain related social services and homeless
prevention activities.

The lion's share of the funding, more than $895 million, will be
awarded as Continuum of Care grants. These grants provide a flexible
framework for each community to use in helping its homeless. The
general components are outreach and assessment, emergency shelter,
transitional housing, permanent housing and permanent supportive
housing.

The Continuum of Care initiative, which was developed by Cuomo when he
was an Assistant Secretary at HUD, is the centerpiece of the federal
policy on homelessness and is the recipient of Harvard University and
the Ford Foundation's prestigious Innovations in American Government
Award.

The Continuum of Care grants, first awarded in 1994, have helped more
than 400,000 homeless individuals get housing and jobs. Currently,
about 6,000 community programs receive the funding. The initiative has
been so successful that it has leveraged nearly $2 billion in
additional public and private resources, and nearly 2,900 U.S. cities
and counties have developed their own program modeled after HUD's.

Nearly $29 million in Continuum of Care grants will go to existing
Shelter Plus Care projects, which help pay rent and provide permanent
housing for disabled homeless individuals. In addition to shelter,
homeless people with disabilities often need medical care and other
social services to live independently. Grantees must match the rental
assistance with support services that are at least equal in value to
the amount of HUD's rental assistance.

The second type of awards, Emergency Shelter Grants, are formula
grants to states and local communities throughout the U.S. to improve
the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters. The funds may
also be used for covering a shelter's operating expenses, essential
services involving employment, health, drug abuse and education, or
homelessness prevention activities. Some $150 million of the funds
will be as Emergency Shelter Grants.

Cuomo noted that homeless women with children and veterans will each
be served by about 1,350 of the funded projects, 68 of which are
targeted for veterans.

According to a recent HUD study, the majority of homeless families who
receive housing and support services ultimately find an improved
living situation. Homelessness: Programs and People They Serve found
that 76 percent of homeless persons living in families and 60 percent
of homeless individuals ceased being homeless after completion of the
assistance program.

"Homelessness is too often a faceless problem," Cuomo said. "We can't
stand by and let this happen. Intervention is the key to turning their
lives around."

For State-by-state grant list
http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/pr00-349attch.html

For Detailed list by state and community
http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/esgcoc00/cocmenu00.html







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