[Hpn] HUD Grants and Cuts

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Thu, 28 Dec 2000 19:32:03 -0500 (EST)

My apologies... I ment to attach the below article to my earlier posting. It 
discusses our loss of Continuum of Care funding
Matt Parkhouse

HUD cuts funding

Grants for homeless fall $1 million short

By Ed Sealover/The Gazette
Edited by Cheryl Curry; headline by Sherida Warner

Federal grants for three local homeless advocacy programs came in more than 
$1 million lower than requested.
Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, Community Health Centers and Ecumenical 
Social Ministries received $315,044 from an annual award to homeless programs 
nationwide. The U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants were detailed late 
Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

However, the total award pales compared to the $1.39 million the groups 
requested. A HUD spokeswoman gave no immediate explanation for why the 
groups' request was slashed so drastically.

The money will cover programs designed to care for the homeless and move 
people into houses and jobs.

It will fund activities during the next year, but it will not pay for three 
years of services that the HUD grants typically fund, said Tracy D'Alanno, 
manager of homeless programs for the Colorado Department of Human Services.

The local groups will have to reapply next year when more organizations come 
up for re-financing on a three-year basis.

With a glut of organizations vying for these funds, some will get cut, 
D'Alanno said.

"It's safe to say that (the lower-than-requested allocation) could jeopardize 
the future funding of these programs," she said. "Usually, in this state, if 
they lose the HUD funding, they lose the program."

The affected programs are:

Pikes Peak's Homeless Outreach Program, which provides medical, vocational 
and therapeutic services to the city's mentally ill homeless population. It 
got $150,882 from the grant.

Community Health Centers' Respite Care Clinic, which provides medical care 
for shelter residents who are recovering from illness or have just given 
birth. It received $147,333 for this year's operations.

Ecumenical Social Ministries' Solid Ground program, which identifies homeless 
people and helps to move them into permanent housing and teach them job 
skills. Its $16,829 federal stipend this year will pay for about one-third of 
the program.

Officials for Pikes Peak and Community Health Centers had not heard about the 
diminished grants and on Wednesday could not comment on their effects.

Bill Lewis, ESM executive director, said he was surprised to receive only one 
year of funding but planned to try again next year.

Colorado Springs was only one of three applying communities in the state 
funded at less than its share as designated by a federal formula measuring a 
community's need to help the homeless.

Ron Cousar, group support director for the Springs' neighborhood services, 
said he will seek a meeting with HUD officials after Jan. 1 to discuss 
increasing funding. The city helped the groups in preparing the application 
for the grants.

Cousar said the city does not have money in its budget to contribute to the 
affected programs.

"We'll take some hits in some areas because of the amount we'll end up 
receiving," Cousar said of the local groups.