HUD awards $73.5 million to MA homeless programs

Barrio Logan Shelter

View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding - HUD

According to HUD, "HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions created to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless". "We know how to end homelessness, and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets".

The grants provide crucial housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness statewide. Approximately $2.01 billion has been awarded for new and renewal projects.

An analysis from the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said all three proposals would result in fewer people receiving housing help from the federal government and warned that some of those who can't get help will end up homeless.

California received the largest share of the grant money, $382.56 million.

According to HUD, its annual homeless assessment indicated temporary and long-term homelessness among individuals edged up almost 1 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, the report found, homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide.

The housing department estimates that the number of people experiencing long term, chronic homelessness, including veterans, has increased.

Orange County's number of homeless also rose to 4,792 in 2017, up from 4,452 in 2015, according to the 2017 Point-in-Time Count & Survey.

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

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.

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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