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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:20 AM
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HUD Makes $1.63 Billion in Grants Available For Homeless Programs
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 10:20 AM by ProSense

HUD MAKES $1.63 BILLION IN GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR HOMELESS PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD will award $1.63 billion for Fiscal Year 2011 to support nearly 7,000 existing homeless assistance programs currently operating and create additional new homeless assistance programs with the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

The funding, for which the notice was published today, will provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.

Supporting funding to our homeless programs helps the federal government save taxpayer dollars by ending the costly cycling through shelters, emergency rooms, detox centers, and hospitals, said Secretary Donovan. We mustnt forget the nations most vulnerable citizens and I am glad that Congress has also recognized the importance and success of our homeless work by continuing to fully fund this effort.

HUDs homeless assistance grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Departments latest homeless assessment, chronic homelessness has declined since 2005 due to significant investments to produce thousands of units of permanent supportive housing for those who had been living on the streets. While the total number of homeless persons in America dropped slightly between 2008 and 2009, the number of homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, almost certainly due to the ongoing effects of the recession.

In addition to HUDs annual grant awards, HUD allocated $1.5 billion through its new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program. Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HPRP is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do. To date, nearly 1 million people have been assisted through HPRP.

Last year, 19 federal agencies in the Obama Administration announced a plan to end all homelessness through, Opening Doors, an unprecedented federal strategy to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, and to end homelessness among children, families, and youth by 2020. In addition to the Continuum of Care grant program, HUDs new Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is making a major contribution to the Opening Doors strategy. To date, HPRP has allocated $1.5 billion to prevent more than 875,000 people from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do.

Project applications are available today and can be found at www.hud.gov/esnaps. For entities needing assistance with grant applications, online training is available at www.hudhre.info/esnaps/. Applications are due no later than Friday, October 28, 2011.

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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:50 AM
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1. Where are the hundreds of recs for this administration doing something positive
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 11:52 AM by FrenchieCat
as aide to the homeless?

Or do folks really give a shit?

Cause if so, where are they? :shrug:
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:21 PM
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3. It's only newsworthy when something bad happens. Or they can imagine something bad happening.
Like the continual drumbeat about how Obama is going to destroy Social Security any second now!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:31 PM
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5. I would expect that from the Right.....
but I thought the Left were more celebral than that!
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CakeGrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:53 PM
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8. Any additions to the dreaded, scary LIST must be ignored.
;-)
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:16 PM
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2. More HUD news
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:31 PM
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4. Quick Math
1.63 B 875 K ≈ $ 1900
With the additional 1.5 B, that figure can almost be doubled. So, that's about $3500 per homeless person per year, so about 300 per month.

Presuming that distributing these funds is 100% efficient, with no losses to support staffing of aid agencies and support groups, what will $300 per month get one homeless person?
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:33 PM
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6. In otherwords, not enough means no recognition?
If so, that's why come November 6th of next year,
we will get our asses handed to us....
cause everyone wants life to be eating a happy meal
while watching a 30 minute sitcom where everything
ends well.

I'm disappointed at Liberals. They want so much and yet
they appreciate nothing.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:42 PM
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7. Around here, that's three quarters of the rent on an apartment.
Or you could get together groups of four and they could rent a house. Or more likely, it would end up going to halfway house type organizations where they'll get housing and assistance both, since many of the homeless have specific problems that they need help with to rebuild a stable life: mental health, drug addiction, PTSD, etcetera.

Not to mention, you're assuming that this is the ONLY aid in the world being directed at homeless people, and that the federal government can singlehandedly just step in and resolve the problem by throwing money at it. I would call that rather shortsighted, not to mention insulting to the thousands upon thousands of state, city, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping the homeless.
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