Federal government awards San Diego $20 million for the homeless

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The Continuum of Care grants announced today provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state.

"HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors", HUD Secretary Ben Carson said.

According to HUD, "HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions created to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless".

The aggregate sum awarded to entities within California was $382,566,777 - the largest amount of any state. "Progress is being made but we must remain resolute in our mutual commitment to more innovatively and effectively address homelessness through a housing-first approach that is evidence based".




The awards consider the cost of funding current programs, how well projects perform and housing costs.

HUD-funded strategies have led to a 22 percent reduction in the homeless population in Western New York since 2010, according to Regional Administrator Lynne Patton. Meanwhile, the report found, homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide. "Rapid rehousing ensures that homelessness is a brief, rare and non-recurring event for individuals and families". Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased. That was 0.7 percent higher than in 2016.

The total awards in the Continuum of Care program is the most ever, though only slightly above collective grants of more than $1.9 billion in the last few years.

At least 553,742 people in the US experienced at least one night of homelessness past year, according to HUD. They will report these one-night "point-in-time counts" later in the year to establish HUD's 2018 national homeless estimate.

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