More than 100 Indiana organizations will share in over $16 million in federal funding to support homeless housing and service programs. The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are part of a $1.8 billion nationwide effort.

January 28, 2015

News Release

Washington — U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Juli?n Castro today awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (see attached chart). The Continuum of Care grants announced today support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.

In addition to renewing funding to thousands of effective existing projects, HUD is funding 25 new projects that will provide permanent supportive housing to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness in areas with especially high need. These new projects were awarded as part of a special competition designed to help the Department make progress toward its goal of ending chronic homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“It's a national shame that anyone would call the streets their home,” said Castro. “Working with our local partners, we’re redoubling our efforts to support permanent housing solutions for our veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. We’re also focused on providing targeted assistance to families and young people who are falling between the cracks. As a nation, we can and must end homelessness.”

“Communities across the country are driving progress by implementing the strategies that work to end homelessness—Housing First, permanent supportive housing, and rapid rehousing,” said Matthew Doherty, Interim Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “The grants announced today are critical investments into these strategies, providing assistance to families and individuals so that they can remain in permanent housing or get back into permanent housing as quickly as possible and never experience the crisis of homelessness again.”

The local programs supported by the grants announced today offer a variety of housing and services including transitional and permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, street outreach, client assessment, and other services. HUD is continuing to challenge local communities to reexamine their response to homelessness and give greater weight to proven strategies, including rapid re-housing for homeless families with children, permanent supportive housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness, and implementation of a Housing First approach.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of HUD and Secretary Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunity for all Americans. Ending homelessness is among HUD's, and the Obama Administration's, vision. In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness as well as to end homelessness among children, family, and youth.

HUD recently announced the 2014 estimate of the number of homeless persons in America. According to data from more than 3,000 cities and counties around the country, there were 578,424 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2014. Since 2010, local communities around the country reported a10 percent decline in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness and a remarkable 25 percent drop in the number of those living on the streets. In addition, state and local planning agencies' counts reveal a 33 percent drop in homelessness among veterans, including a 43 percent reduction in unsheltered homelessness among veterans.

Across America, local homelessness planning agencies called 'Continuums of Care' are organizing volunteers at this time of year to help count the number of persons located in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and living unsheltered on the streets. Continuums of Care will report these one-night 'point-in-time counts' later in the year and will form the basis of HUD's 2015 national homeless estimate.

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

January 27, 2015

News Release

Lafayette, Ind. — Lafayette Transitional Housing Center in Lafayette, Indiana will receive $219,364 to increase efforts for their Rapid Re-Housing program. This announcement came Monday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

“This is huge news for our community,” said Jennifer Layton, the center's Executive Director. “This is $200,000 new dollars coming to help us end homelessness among families with children.”

The funding is part of a collective $1.8 billion in HUD funding announced this week to support nearly 8,400 local homeless service programs across the United States and its territories. In Indiana, 109 programs received more than $16 million.

Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is awaiting further direction from HUD before determining the timeline to get the program up and running.

“We've targeted to serve 30 families that come directly from our emergency shelters,” Layton said. “This is exciting for not only LTHC, but also the other agencies with whom we collaborate.”

The grants are part of HUD's ongoing effort to encourage communities to embrace permanent housing programs rather than short-term, temporary shelter.

“Working with our local partners, we're redoubling our efforts to support permanent housing solutions for our veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness,” said HUD Secretary Juli?n Castro.

Source: Lafayette Transitional Housing

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