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HUD Awards $48 Million for Local Homeless Programs In Maryland

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WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to end homelessness, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced today $48.3 million in grants to support 237 local homeless housing and service programs in Maryland.  HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will ensure these local projects provide critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.

The local programs receiving the grants announced today offer a variety of services to those who are experiencing homelessness, including street outreach, client assessment, and direct housing assistance.  Nationally, HUD awarded $1.8 billion. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“It's a national shame that anyone would call the streets their home,” said Castro.  “Working with our local partners, we're redoubling our efforts to support permanent housing solutions for our veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.  We're also focused on providing targeted assistance to families and young people who are falling between the cracks. As a nation, we can and must end homelessness.”

“More than $202 million will fund the work of service providers across the Mid-Atlantic region as they target their resources to meet the most pressing demands of their communities,” said Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator of HUD's Mid-Atlantic region. 

Awarded competitively, CoC grants are an important part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.  The funding will allow local providers to continue offering permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services such as job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. HUD is continuing to challenge local communities to reexamine their response to homelessness and give greater weight to proven strategies—from promoting ‘Housing First' to providing ‘rapid re-housing' for homeless families with children and permanent supportive housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness.

As HUD marks its 50th anniversary this year, Secretary Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunity for all Americans.  In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.  Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness places the country on a path to end chronic and veterans' homelessness as well as homelessness among children, family, and youth.        

Across Maryland, local homelessness planning agencies called Continuums of Care are organizing volunteers this month to help count the number of persons living unsheltered on the streets, in emergency shelters and in transitional housing.  Continuums of Care will report these one-night ‘point-in-time counts' later in the year, which will form the basis of HUD's 2015 national homeless estimate.
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