HUD awards $1.98 million for homeless services in Clark County

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2018

The funding is part of roughly $2 billion being awarded to over 7,300 local housing and service programs nationwide.

The programs consist of planning agencies known as "continuums of care".

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.

Homelessness has risen this winter, with more people being listed without a permanent address.

Schatz said. "This critical investment will give state, local and nonprofit programs the resources to help struggling individuals and families get back on their feet and into safe homes".

In December, the department reported an increase in homelessness across the country, particularly among those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.

HUD annually provides one to two rounds of funding to end homelessness through the CoC program, called the Emergency Solutions Grant and the HUD CoC competitions.

Under Trump and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the federal government has largely maintained the approach to homelessness taken by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 76 percent since 2016 and 95 percent since 2010.

Last month, HUD reported that homelessness crept up in the United States, with an annual homeless assessment report showing 553,742 people without a home in 2017. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent.

In New Jersey, HUD estimates there were 8,536 people were homeless on a single night in January 2017, representing an overall 4.0 percent decrease from 2016 and a 38 percent decrease since 2010. In addition to coordinating funding for area homeless programs, they will count all local homeless people in a single night at a later point in the year.

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