Community Development Digest

Homelessness

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Agency Revamping Homeless Program

The homeless program funds community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. The grantees provide supportive housing and services to: help homeless veterans achieve residential stability; increase their skill levels and income; and obtain greater self-determination

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Homeless Vets See $2.9 Million in HUD-VASH Cash

HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs are sending $2.9 million to local public housing agencies across the country in an effort to provide permanent homes to 529 veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness in rural areas.

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VA Makes $300 Million Available for Homeless Vets

The Department of Veterans' Affairs is making $300 million available under the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program to existing grantees seeking to renew their grants.

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NYC’s VASH Funding to Acquire 24 Apartments for Homeless Vets

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) have announced $265,536 in federal funding for New York City. The funding was allocated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program to provide homeless veterans access to affordable housing.

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HUD Survey Finds Homeless Numbers Continuing to Decline

This national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care” and tens of thousands of volunteers seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings

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HUD, DOL Award $8.7 Million to Reduce Homelessness, Recidivism

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have awarded $8.7 million to address homelessness and reduce recidivism among this justice-involved population through the Pay for Success model.

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Rental Housing Need Increases as Homeless Children Numbers Grow

The number of families with children receiving federal rent subsidies has declined by more than 250,000 (13 percent) since 2004 and is at its lowest point in more than a decade. Even so, the demand for rental housing has risen sharply in the last decade due to economic and demographic factors, and many families with children are being squeezed financially as rents rise faster than incomes.

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California Nonprofit Wins Gov’t-backed Loan for Homeless Vet Project

American Family Housing (AFH) -- the California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness throughout Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties -- has been granted a rental housing loan for new construction from the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP) in the amount of $1,792,198.

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Group Sounds Alarm about Rising Homelessness among Elderly

More older adults are homeless or at risk of homelessness than at any time in recent history. As the population ages, more adults are aging into poverty. The lack of affordable housing and higher costs for health care and other necessities are also leaving greater numbers of older adults at risk of poverty and homelessness, and systemic economic problems are contributing to the problem.

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HUD Sends $1.6 Billion in Grants to Homeless Programs

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week makes available some $1.6 billion in grants to be divvied up among 6,400 local homeless housing and service programs in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These Tier 1 Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the administration’s efforts to end homelessness. Among other things, the funding supports critically needed housing and support services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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