[Hpn] Oregon Faith Based and Community Initiatives Update

Bill Smith freeportland@hotmail.com
Tue, 30 Dec 2003 19:45:44 -0800


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<P>Oregon Faith-Based, Grass Roots, and Other Community-Based Initiatives December 30, 2003 Send suggestions for stories/links to include in future editions to: <A href="mailto:Roy_Scholl@hud.gov">Roy_Scholl@hud.gov</A> &nbsp;Find All HUD Oregon Information and News at Oregon HUD Web Page: <A href="http://www.hud.gov/oregon">http://www.hud.gov/oregon</A> &nbsp;</P>
<P>IN THIS EDITION ·<STRONG><FONT color=#cc0033> HUD Homeless Funding in Oregon Sets Record, </FONT></STRONG></P>
<P>With 51% Total Increase from Last Year o Faith Based Groups Received Additional $700,000 · HUD Awards Faith Based Elderly Non Profit Sponsor $6.3 Million for New Senior Project. · Free Grant Writing Workshops Upcoming Will Teach Skills To Compete for Federal Funds. Portland Session March 3-4th. · President Bush Signs American Dream Down payment Act HUD Homeless Funding in Oregon Sets Record at $17.3 Million, Increasing 51% ($5.9 Million) In Just One Year, Latest Funding Includes $700,000 to Faith Based Groups. This has been a very difficult year for Oregonians, with high rates of unemployment and significant state budget challenges that impacted the delivery of state human service programs. Fortunately, December brought some good news from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the announcement of new HUD grants to help the homeless in Oregon. These new grants included more than $700,000 awarded to faith-based organizations. With these new HUD’s Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter homeless grant announcements, total HUD homeless funding in Oregon reached a record setting $17.3 Million in 2003. Compared to total HUD homeless funding of $11.5 Million in 2002, HUD homeless funding increased by nearly $5.9 Million, a 51% increase in just one year. HUD Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grants alone increased by nearly $900,000 from 2002 levels in Oregon, reaching a total of $12.4 Million vs. $11.5 Million in 2002. (See table below for exact details) A highly successful $5 Million City of Portland chronic homeless application funded as part of a national competition by HUD in October was the other HUD funding action that brought the total HUD homeless funding in 2003 up to nearly $17.4 Million. Increase in All Federal Homeless Funding in 2003 in Oregon--$10.3 Million Because the chronic homeless funding that City of Portland successfully competed for in October was a multiagency funding competition, in addition to HUD’s $5 Million, other federal agencies committed an additional $4.5 Million to address the needs of Oregon’s chronic homeless population. Adding those commitments to the HUD homeless funding results in a total increase in new federal funding for the homeless in Oregon, just in the last year, of more than $10.3 Million. The New HUD Homeless Funding includes several faith-based organizations, with their HUD support totaling more than $700,000: · Salvation Army in Portland will receive $251,538 for Transitional Housing at the West Women’s Facility. · St. Vincent DePaul of Lane County will receive $222,220 for Transitional Housing in their County Connections program. · Salvation Army in Salem will receive $78,750 for Transitional Housing in their Alpha Life Skills program. · YWCA of Salem will receive $167,145 for their Resource Assistance program. For more information on HUD’s Continuum of Care programs, visit: HUD Homeless Funding Announcement HUD Awards Elderly Housing Funding to Faith-Based Organization In late November, HUD announced the fiscal year 2003 funding awards for its popular Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. Included in this year’s funding are a capital advance of $5,316,700 and a five-year rental subsidy of $988,000 to project sponsor Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), more than $6.3 Million in total. These funds will be used to construct 66 new one-bedroom units for very low-income elderly residents in Salem. This will be the first addition to the subsidized elderly housing stock in the city of Salem in many years. Residents will benefit from various supportive services provided by the sponsor and others such as meal service, transportation, educational, social and recreational activities. RHF is one of the nation's largest non-profit sponsors and managers of affordable housing for the elderly and disabled. A member of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ, RHF means home at over 140 projects in 24 states for nearly 14,000 older Americans and persons with disabilities. This will be RHF’s second project in Oregon. They are also the sponsor of the 26 unit 300 Main Retirement Center in Estacada. </P>
<P>To learn more about HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program visit: <STRONG>HUD's Section 202 Program Free Grant Writing Workshops</STRONG> Will Teach Skills to Compete for Federal Funds Beginning in January, HUD’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives will be holding FREE two day Basic Grant Writing workshops in conjunction with your local HUD office. Key HUD staff will provide instruction on how to become more competitive for Federal grant funds. These will be basic level workshops designed to help emerging faith-based, community, and grassroots organizations learn how to prepare a successful grant application. The following workshops are scheduled: Seattle: January 28-29 Anchorage: February 10-11 Spokane: February 18-19 Boise: February 25-26 Portland: March 3-4 Registration for the Portland workshop will open in February. Additional information will be provided to list serve members at that time. For information on workshops in other Northwest cities contact your local Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Liaison. They can be found by visiting our website: FBCI Liaisons for Region X</P>
<P>&nbsp;<STRONG><FONT color=#336633>President Bush Signs American Dream Downpayment Act</FONT></STRONG> There is a reason why many American families can't buy their first home - they can't afford the down payment and other upfront closing costs required to qualify for a mortgage. For as many as 40,000 low-income families, that will change as President Bush signed The American Dream Downpayment Act into law on December 16. President Bush applauded Congress for authorizing the annual $200 million downpayment assistance program. "Today we are taking action to bring many thousands of Americans closer to the great goal of owning a home," said President Bush. "These funds will help American families achieve their goals, strengthen our communities, and our entire nation." The American Dream Downpayment Act will provide a maximum downpayment assistance grant of either $10,000 or six percent of the purchase price of the home, whichever is greater. The American Dream Downpayment Act will be administered under HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Since its inception, the HOME Program has played a vital role in addressing the shortages of affordable rental housing and homeownership in communities nationwide. For more information about the American Dream Downpayment Act, visit our website: American Dream Downpayment Act PURPOSE OF THIS LISTSERVE Oregon Faith-Based, Grass Roots, and Other Community-Based Initiatives Information and opportunities for faith-based, grass roots and other community-based organizations and their members interested in housing and community development issues and actions in Oregon and SW Washington.</P>
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<P><STRONG><FONT color=#cc0033>Thank you Robert</FONT></STRONG></P></div><br clear=all><hr> <a href="http://g.msn.com/8HMAENUS/2755??PS=">Check your PC for viruses with the FREE McAfee online computer scan.</a> </html>