CUOMO SAYS PRESIDENT'S BUDGET TO SEEK RECORD $1.15 BILLION TO HELP MORE HOMELES

H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Sat, 27 Dec 1997 02:00:45 -0600


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HUD No. 97-301          =20
Further Information:                                  For Release
In the Washington, DC area:  202/708-1420             Wednesday
Or contact your local HUD office                      December 24, 1997

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CUOMO SAYS PRESIDENT'S BUDGET TO SEEK RECORD $1.15 BILLION TO HELP MORE =
HOMELESS AMERICANS BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT
WASHINGTON -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today =
said President Clinton's new budget proposal will call for a record =
$1.15 billion in federal funds to help more homeless Americans find =
housing and become self-supporting.=20

The President will request $958 million for aid to localities for their =
own homeless assistance programs. He will also seek $192 million in =
rental assistance vouchers under HUD's Section 8 program to make 34,000 =
apartments available to homeless Americans. If enacted, the record =
homeless budget would also create a record increase in homeless spending =
in one year.=20

The funding -- up from $823 million in the current budget -- is part of =
the Continuum of Care homeless assistance initiative created by =
President Clinton in his first term. While past efforts to help homeless =
people focused on emergency shelters, the Continuum of Care is designed =
to meet both emergency and long-term needs of homeless Americans, to =
help them get jobs and build independent lives.=20

Besides providing homeless people with emergency, transitional and =
permanent housing, the grants to local governments and non-profit =
homeless services providers fund local programs such as job training, =
child care, substance abuse treatment and mental health services.=20

"We are not just spending more money on homeless programs -- we are =
spending money more effectively and more wisely, to do a better job both =
for homeless people and for the American taxpayer," Cuomo said. "The key =
to our success is the close partnerships we have developed with local =
communities, empowering them to devise the best local programs to meet =
the particular needs of their homeless population."=20

"Under President Clinton's leadership, America for the first time is =
doing more than addressing the symptoms of homelessness -- we are =
addressing its causes," Cuomo said. "Instead of just giving homeless =
Americans a hand-out, we are giving them a hand up -- a second chance to =
reach for the American Dream through hard work and determination."=20

Cuomo developed the Continuum of Care initiative for President Clinton =
when Cuomo was an Assistant Secretary at HUD in the President's first =
term.=20

On Monday, Vice President Al Gore and Cuomo announced the distribution =
to localities of $865 million of HUD homeless assistance -- $700 million =
for Continuum of Care long-term programs and $165 million for Emergency =
Shelter Grants.=20

The Continuum of Care grants announced Monday will go to 1,396 homeless =
assistance projects and assist at least 330,000 homeless people. The =
increased assistance being sought by President Clinton would be =
distributed based on competitive applications from local governments and =
homeless services providers and would assist even more homeless =
Americans.=20

A Columbia University study concluded a year ago that HUD's Continuum of =
Care homeless policies "have had a positive impact on communities across =
the nation" and were an improvement from past efforts that focused on =
short-term emergency shelter.=20


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CUOMO SAYS PRESIDENT'S BUDGET TO SEEK = RECORD $1.15 BILLION TO HELP MORE HOMELESS AMERICANS BECOME = SELF-SUFFICIENT
 

HUD No. 97-301          =20
Further Information:             =
                     For Release
In the Washington, DC area:  202/708-1420             Wednesday
Or contact your local HUD office             =
         December 24, 1997

CUOMO SAYS PRESIDENT'S BUDGET TO SEEK RECORD $1.15 BILLION TO = HELP MORE=20 HOMELESS AMERICANS BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT

WASHINGTON -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo = today said=20 President Clinton's new budget proposal will call for a record $1.15 = billion in=20 federal funds to help more homeless Americans find housing and become=20 self-supporting.=20

The President will request $958 million for aid to localities for = their own=20 homeless assistance programs. He will also seek $192 million in rental=20 assistance vouchers under HUD's Section 8 program to make 34,000 = apartments=20 available to homeless Americans. If enacted, the record homeless budget = would=20 also create a record increase in homeless spending in one year.=20

The funding -- up from $823 million in the current budget -- is part = of the=20 Continuum of Care homeless assistance initiative created by President = Clinton in=20 his first term. While past efforts to help homeless people focused on = emergency=20 shelters, the Continuum of Care is designed to meet both emergency and = long-term=20 needs of homeless Americans, to help them get jobs and build independent = lives.=20

Besides providing homeless people with emergency, transitional and = permanent=20 housing, the grants to local governments and non-profit homeless = services=20 providers fund local programs such as job training, child care, = substance abuse=20 treatment and mental health services.=20

"We are not just spending more money on homeless programs -- we = are=20 spending money more effectively and more wisely, to do a better job both = for=20 homeless people and for the American taxpayer," Cuomo said. = "The key=20 to our success is the close partnerships we have developed with local=20 communities, empowering them to devise the best local programs to meet = the=20 particular needs of their homeless population."=20

"Under President Clinton's leadership, America for the first = time is=20 doing more than addressing the symptoms of homelessness -- we are = addressing its=20 causes," Cuomo said. "Instead of just giving homeless = Americans a=20 hand-out, we are giving them a hand up -- a second chance to reach for = the=20 American Dream through hard work and determination."=20

Cuomo developed the Continuum of Care initiative for President = Clinton when=20 Cuomo was an Assistant Secretary at HUD in the President's first term.=20

On Monday, Vice President Al Gore and Cuomo announced the = distribution to=20 localities of $865 million of HUD homeless assistance -- $700 million = for=20 Continuum of Care long-term programs and $165 million for Emergency = Shelter=20 Grants.=20

The Continuum of Care grants announced Monday will go to 1,396 = homeless assistance projects and assist at least = 330,000=20 homeless people. The increased assistance being sought by President = Clinton=20 would be distributed based on competitive applications from local = governments=20 and homeless services providers and would assist even more homeless = Americans.=20

A Columbia University study concluded a year ago that HUD's Continuum = of Care=20 homeless policies "have had a positive impact on communities across = the=20 nation" and were an improvement from past efforts that focused on=20 short-term emergency shelter.

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