HUD Awards More than $10.3 Million in Grants to Support Dozens of Metropolitan Denver's Homeless Initiatives

HUD Awards More than $10.3 Million in Grants to Support Dozens of Metropolitan Denver's Homeless Initiatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

 

CONTACT: 

Jane Goin, (303) 672-5440

Jamie van Leeuwen, Denver’s Road Home, (303) 601-1789

Sue Cobb & Sarah Moss, Mayor Hickenlooper’s Office (720) 865-9016      

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development – Alphonso Jackson, Secretary

Region VIII Director Office of Public Affairs, 1670 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 8020

 

HUD awards more than $10.3 million in grants to support dozens

of metropolitan Denver’s homeless initiatives

 

(DENVER) Dozens of homeless programs in the Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative will receive more than $10.3 million in grants awarded today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson.  Philip F. Mangano, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and Regional Director John Carson made the announcement during a news conference with Mayor John Hickenlooper at Denver’s Mile High United Way.  

 

HUD’s homeless assistance in the Denver area represents an increase of more than $700,000 compared to last year.  Nationwide, $1.4 billion in HUD grants will support a record 5,300 local programs, providing critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent support more than 150,000 individuals and families.  

 

“These grants will support thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets,” said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. “Whether it’s a single man living with a mental illness or a family struggling to give their children a roof over their heads, this funding is quite literally saving lives.”

 

Mangano said, “This level of funding for Denver communities is a tangible expression of the strong partnership with Washington to end homelessness.  Mayor Hickenlooper’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness is addressing many of the root causes of homeless in Denver.  He and the Ten-Year Plan community deserve commendation for their work to accomplish this mission.”

 

Mayor Hickenlooper added, “This grant provides another opportunity for regional cooperation and coordination to move our homeless population from lives on the streets to lives of stability and self-sufficiency. We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  and the Interagency Council on Homelessness for their support of Denver’s Road Home and the work of homelessness providers throughout our region in ending chronic homelessness as we know it.”

 

Since 2001, HUD has awarded approximately $9 billion in funding to state and local communities to support the housing and service needs of homeless persons and families.  Next Year, President Bush is proposing a record level of funding to house and serve homeless persons and families. The FY 2008 Budget seeks more than $1.6 billion through HUD’s Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grant programs.  

 

HUD’s funding is provided in two ways:

 

Ø      HUD’s Continuum of Care programs provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons.  In addition, Continuum grants fund important services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.  More than $1.2 billion in Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. Continuum grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.  Half of all Continuum funding awarded today, nearly $618 million, will support new and existing programs that help to pay rent and provide permanent housing for disabled homeless individuals and their families (see attached summary of the funding awarded today).

 

Ø      Emergency Shelter Grants provide funds for homeless shelters, assist in the operation of local shelters and fund related social service and homeless prevention programs. HUD is awarding $160 million in Emergency Shelter Grants that are allocated based on a formula to state and local governments to create, improve and operate emergency shelters for homeless persons. These funds may also support essential services including job training, health care, drug/alcohol treatment, childcare and homelessness prevention activities. By helping to support emergency shelter, transitional housing and needed support services, Emergency Shelter Grants are designed to move homeless persons away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.

 

Jackson added, “The homeless must not become invisible or marginalized.  Our response tells us much about our humanity as a people and a nation.  When our fellow citizens literally need shelter from the storm, or a meal, or counseling, or help to regain their footing in life, we must be there to respond.”  

 

The Goal to End Chronic Homelessness

 

For six years, ending chronic homelessness has been one of President Bush’s national goals.  Research indicates that approximately 20 percent of all homeless persons experience long-term or chronic homelessness. These studies conclude that this hardest-to-serve population utilizes more than half of all emergency shelter resources designed to assist homeless individuals and families.   By shifting the federal emphasis toward meeting the needs of the most vulnerable homeless persons, more resources become available for those who experience situational homelessness.  To learn more about chronic homelessness, visit the HUD’s Chronic Homelessness webpage.

 

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HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

 

Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

Boulder County Advocates for Transitional Housing (BCATH)

SHP

822,782

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHP

876,740

 

 

 

Colorado Department of Human Services

SHPR

106,748

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHPR

198,187

 

 

 

The Mental Health Center serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties

SHPR

29,902

 

 

 

Family Tree, Inc.

SHPR

80,085

 

 

 

Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver, Inc.

SHP

186,690

 

 

 

Third Way Center, Inc.

SHPR

116,538

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHPR

107,439

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHP

369,778

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHPR

60,529

 

 

 

Volunteers of America Colorado Branch

SHPR

162,398

 

 

 

Colorado Department of Human Services

SHP

234,587

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHPR

319,609

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHPR

403,534

 

 

 

The Empowerment Program

SPC

425,700

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SHPR

690,000

 

 

 

ACCESS Housing

SHPR

943,077

 

 

 

Aurora Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center

SHPR

111,300

 

 

 

Arapahoe House

SPC

61,021

 

 

 

Colorado Department of Human Services

SPCR

1,943,820

 

 

 

Colorado Department of Human Services

SPCR

142,992

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SPCR

438,228

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SPCR

324,756

 

 

 

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

SPCR

307,440

 

 

 

The Empowerment Program

SPCR

349,212

 

 

 

St. Francis Center

SPCR

90,720

 

 

 

Total Continuum of Care Grant Funding

 

9,903,812

 

 

 

Emergency Shelter Grant Allocation

 

410,521

 

 

 

Total Homeless Funding for Denver Area

 

10,314,333

 

 

 

 

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