PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES $900 MILLION IN HOMELESS ASSISTANCE TODAY

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Sat, 25 Dec 1999 01:18:19 -0500


PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES $900 MILLION IN HOMELESS ASSISTANCE
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Continuum of Care Grants by State
http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/esgcoc99/cocmenu.html

WASHINGTON - President Clinton today announced $900 million in grants to provide
an estimated 245,000 homeless people with housing, job training, mental health
services, substance abuse treatment and other services to help them permanently
escape homelessness over the next three years, and to provide emergency shelter
to thousands of others.

The grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will go to more
than 350 communities, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and
American territories. In addition, more than 1,000 non-profit organizations such
as the Salvation Army, Volunteers of America and Catholic Charities will receive
funding for homeless assistance programs.

"Here at home we are reaching out to the poor - to those who do not yet share in
America's growing prosperity," the President said. "We are making new efforts to
reach out to the homeless - to help them find housing, medical care and jobs."

HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said: "The tragedy of homelessness can be reversed,
one person at a time, when we give homeless people the opportunity to turn their
lives around. Our programs have a proven record of success that we will build on
with the grants we're awarding today."

A total of $750 million of the HUD assistance announced today is targeted to
1,834 long-term programs to help individuals and families permanently end their
homeless status, as part of HUD's Continuum of Care approach to addressing
homelessness. These competitive grants are awarded to states, local governments
and non-profit groups based on a number of factors that measure the
effectiveness of their plans.

The remaining $150 million in funds are for Emergency Shelter Grants that
provide food and shelter on a short-term basis to homeless people. These grants
are awarded through a formula based on a community's housing and poverty needs.
States and cities select projects to receive funding.

In addition, HUD is advancing nearly $8 million in funds from next year's
homeless grants to renew funding for supportive housing programs in 35
communities to enable them to continue operations.

President Clinton successfully won approval of increased funding for homeless
assistance programs to $1.02 billion in his fiscal 1999 budget, up from $975
million the previous year.

HUD has invested nearly $5 billion in programs to help homeless Americans since
President Clinton took office in 1993. That's more than three times as much as
the $1.5 billion HUD spent on homeless assistance programs from the time they
were created in 1987 until 1993.

Earlier this month, HUD released the most comprehensive study to date of
homelessness, The Forgotten Americans - Homelessness: Programs and People They
Serve. The landmark study reported that most people who become homeless have
suffered severe hardships - including physical and sexual abuse, childhood
trauma, poverty, a poor education, disability and disease - but are successful
in escaping homelessness when they get help from federal and other programs.

The report said the top priority of homeless people it surveyed was to get a
job - the first step to self-sufficiency. It said 44% of homeless people
surveyed worked at least part-time during the past month.

The study also said that when homeless people get housing assistance and needed
services - such as health care, substance abuse treatment, mental health
services, education and job training - 76% of those living in families and 60%
of those living alone end their homeless status and move to an improved living
situation after completion of the assistance program.

The report is based on interviews completed in 1996 with 4,207 people - most
homeless at the time and the rest of them people living in poverty who benefit
from homeless assistance programs such as soup kitchens. The study is also based
on interviews with representatives of 11,909 programs that serve homeless
people. Interviews were conducted in 76 metropolitan areas, small cities and
rural areas. The U.S. Census Bureau collected the data and the report was
prepared by the Urban Institute.

HUD's 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.

Recently the Continuum of Care program received the prestigious Innovations in
American Government Award from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
and the Ford Foundation for its broad-based approach to helping homeless people
take control of their lives, reunite with their families, and become productive
members of society.

Cuomo said the Continuum of Care approach has been successful because it brings
together non-profit groups, the private sector and local and state governments
in a partnership to design local programs to help homeless people become
self-sufficient.

The CBS television network and local TV stations around the nation this week
began airing public service announcements developed for HUD that focus attention
on homeless people. The following actors have already taped public service
announcements (PSAs): William Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, Roma Downey, Kevin
Kline, Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Ted Danson, Ray Romano, Nathan Lane,
and Matthew Broderick. In addition, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins,
Miss America Heather French, boxing announcer Roy Jones, Jr., and model Heidi
Klum have taped PSAs. Actors Marisa Tomei, Rosie O'Donnell, and James Gandolfini
plan to tape PSAs, as does model Christie Brinkley.

The HUD campaign to increase public awareness of homelessness is called Put a
Face on Homelessness. The PSAs that are part of the campaign encourage viewers
to call HUD at 1-800-HUD-1010 or to log onto HUD's website - www.hud.gov - to
get information on what they can do to help homeless people get housing, move
toward self-sufficiency, and improve their lives.

By identifying their home Zip Code, people contacting HUD at the phone number or
on the Internet can get the name and phone numbers of nearby homeless
facilities, so they can volunteer their time or make a donation to help homeless
people.

LISTING OF HUD HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GRANTS BY STATE*
*CoC - Continuum of Care, ESG - Emergency Shelter Grants

ALABAMA          $9.0 million CoC - $6.9 million ESG - $2.1 million
ALASKA             $2.7 million CoC - $2.5 million ESG - $192,000
ARIZONA            $22.1 million CoC - $20.3 million ESG - $1.8 million
ARKANSAS         $3.2 million CoC - $2.1 million ESG - $1.1 million
CALIFORNIA        $133.1 million CoC - $114.7 million ESG - $18.4 million
COLORADO         $9.2 million CoC - $7.7 million ESG - $1.5 million
CONNECTICUT    $7.7 million CoC - $6.0 million ESG - $1.7 million
DELAWARE         $3.7 million CoC - $3.4 million ESG - $278,000
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $8.7 million CoC - $7.9 million ESG - $826,000
FLORIDA             $45.4 million CoC - $39.2 million ESG - $6.2 million
GEORGIA             $15.1 million CoC - $12.1 million ESG - $3 million
HAWAII               $4.8 million CoC - $4.2 million ESG - $637,000
IDAHO                 $2.1 million CoC - $1.7 million ESG - $415,000
ILLINOIS               $54.0 million CoC - $46.4 million ESG - $7.6 million
INDIANA              $15.0 million CoC - $12.1 million ESG - $2.9 million
IOWA                 $5.9 million CoC - $4.3 million ESG - $1.6 million
KANSAS             $7.7 million CoC - $6.5 million ESG - $1.2 million
KENTUCKY         $11.7 million CoC - $9.7 million ESG - $2.0 million
LOUISIANA         $15.8 million CoC - $12.9 million ESG - $2.9 million
MAINE                 $6.4 million CoC - $5.6 million ESG - $782,000
MARYLAND         $19.4 million CoC - $17.1 million ESG - $2.3 million
MASSACHUSETTS $38.2 million CoC - $33.7 million ESG - $4.5 million
MICHIGAN             $37.7 million CoC - $32.1 million ESG - $5.6 million
MINNESOTA          $18.1 million CoC - $15.6 million ESG - $2.5 million
MISSISSIPPI           $2.0 million CoC - $355,950  ESG - $1.6 million
MISSOURI             $14.1 million CoC - $11.2 million ESG - $2.9 million
MONTANA           $1.8 million CoC - $1.4 million ESG - $368,000
NEBRASKA           $1.7 million CoC - $871,750 ESG - $830,000
NEVADA               $3.7 million CoC - $3.1 million ESG - $563,000
NEW HAMPSHIRE     $983,918 CoC - $472,918  ESG - $511,000
NEW JERSEY         $18.9 million CoC - $14.6 million ESG - $4.3 million
NEW MEXICO         $4.4 million CoC - $3.6 million ESG - $805,000
NEW YORK            $95.3 million CoC - $80.7 million ESG - $14.6 million
NORTH CAROLINA $6.7 million CoC - $4.1 million ESG - $2.6 million
NORTH DAKOTA    $00 CoC   All for ESG - $286,000
OHIO                     $49.2 million CoC - $42.5 million ESG - $6.7 million
OKLAHOMA           $8.9 million CoC - $7.6 million ESG - $1.3 million
OREGON                 $7.5 million CoC - $6.1 million ESG - $1.4 million
PENNSYLVANIA     $51.3 million CoC - $42.0 million ESG - $9.3 million
RHODE ISLAND      $5.2 million CoC - $4.5 million ESG - $712,000
SOUTH CAROLINA $6.5 million CoC - $4.9 million ESG - $1.6 million
SOUTH DAKOTA    $00 CoC    All for ESG - $345,000
TENNESSEE          $11.4 million CoC - $9.4 million ESG - $2.0 million
TEXAS                 $46.7 million CoC - $36.3 million ESG - $10.4 million
UTAH                   $1.4 million CoC - $610,811 ESG - $823,000
VERMONT            $2.2 million CoC - $1.9 million ESG - $338,000
VIRGINIA             $14.2 million CoC - $11.8 million ESG - $2.4 million
WASHINGTON     $26.4 million CoC - $24.1 million ESG - $2.3 million
WEST VIRGINIA   $2.1 million CoC - $1.0 million ESG - $1.1 million
WISCONSIN         $15.0 million CoC - $12.2 million ESG - $2.8 million
WYOMING             $354,326 CoC - $195,326  ESG - $159,000
PUERTO RICO      $ 00 CoC   All for ESG - $4.6 million
VIRGIN ISLANDS  $00 CoC   All for ESG - $300,000

For the listing by states and CoC groups, go to URL:
 http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/esgcoc99/cocmenu.html


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S o n n y
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H. C.  Sonny Covington
I CAN! America, LLC
Community Resource Builders
icanamerica@usa.net
Voice 1.800.678.5774
Fax     1.505.209.2619