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HUD Awards $200 Million in Homeless Grants for New Projects

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $200 million in new project funding to support over 15,000 beds and supportive services in communities across the country. The majority of funding will provide housing and services for homeless persons who are disabled, including 8,700 persons in families, and 5,600 persons who are chronically homeless.

Locally, the 2011 funding competition resulted in a $547,927 award to the Homeless Services Network for two new permanent supportive housing projects.

For a local summary of the grants announced today, visit HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange (What’s New section) or HUD’s website (Featured News)

HSN Receives $1.6 Million in Funding

HUD’s Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that $190 million has been awarded to fund 550 new projects across the country that will provide housing and supportive services to thousands of homeless individuals and families.

Homeless Services Network and the Continuum of Care received over $1.6 million in new project funding as follows:

GranteeProject SponsorAmountBedsHomeless sub-population served
Homeless Services NetworkCatholic Charities$161,22124 transitional housingFemale-headed households with children under age 8
Homeless Services NetworkCenter for Drug Free Living$371,20026 transitional housingVeterans
Homeless Services NetworkLakeside Behavioral Healthcare$207,11010 permanent supportive housingSeverely mentally ill individuals
Homeless Services NetworkSanford Housing Authority$253,47018 permanent supportive housingHouseholds with or without children
Seminole County GovernmentHomeless Services Network Shelter Plus Care$607,86011 permanent supportive housingChronically homeless individuals

You may download the complete list of new projects that have been awarded across U.S. in the FY 2009 CoC homeless competition from HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange (HRE). To view the press release, please visit the HUD web site.

Obama Administration to Unveil National Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

The following announcement comes from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH):

USICH is excited to announce the release of the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness titled Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness on Tuesday, June 22. Opening Doors will serve as a roadmap for joint action by Council agencies to guide the development of programs and budget proposals towards a set of measurable targets.

Each night, 640,000 men, women, and children in the United States are without housing. The HEARTH Act, signed into law by President Obama in May 2009, mandated that USICH produce a “national strategic plan” to end homelessness to Congress. Beginning in January 2010, USICH held regional stakeholder meetings, organized federal working groups focused on specific populations, solicited public comment through an interactive website, and engaged experts from across the country to develop an action plan to solve homelessness for veterans, adults, families, youth, and children.

USICH will announce the historic plan at the White House on June 22 at 9:00 AM EDT with three Cabinet Secretaries: HUD Secretary and USICH Chair Shaun Donovan, Labor Secretary and USICH Vice Chair Hilda Solis, and VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

We invite you to join us for the announcement by watching it live on www.whitehouse.gov/live. Opening Doors will be available at www.usich.gov and www.hud.gov. We will also be hosting a live webinar to have a more in-depth discussion with Assistant Secretaries from HUD, Labor, HHS, and VA about the specifics of the Plan. We will release information about the webinar on the USICH website in the coming days.

Proposed Rule on the Definition of Homelessness

Today, HUD published the proposed rule for the definition of homelessness. The publication of the proposed rule commences HUD’s regulatory process of the implementation of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009. This proposed rule only addresses definitions of the following terms: “homeless,” “homeless individual,” “homeless person,” and “homeless individual with a disability.” The proposed rule clarifies that individuals and families may qualify as homeless under four possible categories, corresponding to the broad categories established by the statutory language of the definition in section 103 of the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the HEARTH Act.

The proposed rule and the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by HEARTH are available on the HRE at www.hudhre.info/hearth. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on the proposed rule by June 21, 2010 at www.regulations.gov.

HUD HEARTH/HMIS Conference

The HUD HEARTH/HMIS Conference will take place September 14-17 in Denver, CO and September 27-30 in Atlanta, GA. The same program, including topics, sessions, and materials will be offered at each location; attendees may only register for one of the conferences. Pre-registration is required and opens June 2010. The conference will provide a lot of information for representatives to take back to respective communities re: HEARTH implementation with respect to program operation, data collection, and increasing community capacity to perform program and system-wide performance measurement. It is recommended that communities consider sending a CoC representative, policy representative, and HMIS System Administrator. HMIS SHP Training and Technical Assistance and HPRP funds can be used to send the selected representatives from the community to the HUD HEARTH/HMIS Conference.

HUD Releases Study on Costs of First-Time Homelessness

Two additional studies look at life after transitional housing and access to mainstream benefits

WASHINGTON – When an individual or a family becomes homeless for the first time, the cost of providing them housing and services can vary widely, from $581 a month for an individual’s stay in an emergency shelter in Des Moines, Iowa to as much as $3,530 for a family’s monthly stay in emergency shelter in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today released three studies on the cost of ‘first-time’ homelessness; life after transitional housing for homeless families; and strategies for improving access to mainstream benefits programs.

HUD’s cost study is the most comprehensive research on the price tag associated with first-time homelessness and creates a foundation to compare the costs of various homeless interventions. Taken together, HUD’s three studies released today will inform policy discussions on what are the most effective strategies for assisting homeless persons and families in the future.

“These studies expand our knowledge of the true costs of homelessness and raises other questions that go far beyond dollars and cents,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Now we need to have a serious discussion over what strategies are not only most cost effective, but how we can help individuals and families from falling into homelessness in the first place.”

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HSN Awarded $3.6 Million in Funding

HUD announced today that it has awarded to Homeless Services Network more than $3.6 million dollars in funding for Supportive Housing Program and Shelter Plus Care Program projects. This funding will allow HSN’s currently operating programs to continue their good work throughout the City of Orlando and Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. HSN’s application for the funding of new projects is still pending HUD’s review process.

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Beware! Misleading web sites ahead!

With the economic stimulus package just around the corner, there are bad people ready to take advantage of those in need.

HUD recently sent out an email to alert HUD customers to a bogus and deceptive website (http://bailout.hud-gov.us) posing as HUD. The website attempts to dupe people into providing personal information. And because it has been designed to appear to be an official US Government website, people may fall prey to this scam.

HUD’s official website for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is www.hud.gov/recovery.
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$5.8 Million Awarded To Homeless Services Network

HUD announced Thursday that $74,181,525 has been awarded in grants to over three hundred local homeless programs throughout Florida. Locally, nearly $5.8 million dollars is coming to homeless programs in the Orlando/Orange, Osceola, Seminole Counties Continuum of Care. This includes funding for a Rapid Re-Housing Demonstration Grant, one of only 23 such grants awarded nationally.

Clearly, we’ll be talking a lot about this news at our next CoC meeting and in the months ahead. For the full details on awards throughout the state, please visit HUD’s Homeless Resource Exchange. For local reaction to this great news, please see the Orlando Sentinel’s coverage.

Supportive Housing Program (SHP) Desk Guide Update

Anyone receiving funding through HUD’s Supportive Housing Program (SHP) or anyone who wants to receive funding through SHP will be interested in the revised SHP Desk Guide.  The revised SHP Desk Guide incorporates new policy issues, and allows grantees to use a word search to find key information in the document.
Grantees are encouraged to review the new guide along with the PowerPoint presentation that provides an introduction to the new sections, and highlights changes and additions.

The SHP Desk Guide was designed to help homeless assistance program staff administering McKinney-Vento grants awarded through the Supportive Housing Program (SHP).  The Desk Guide provides information, key resources and technical assistance on the life cycle of grants obtained through the Supportive Housing Program.  The Guide is not a substitute for program regulations, but instead is a practical resource for common issues that arise during program implementation.

The SHP Desk Guide is available on the “What’s New” section of the HUDHRE web site.