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HUD renews support for 7,100 local homeless programs


WASHINGTON – April 10, 2014 – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced nearly $1.6 billion in grants to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In Florida, about 300 local homeless programs will receive funds totaling $72,724,924.

Provided through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, the funding helps local programs remain in operation as they provide housing and support services to homeless families. The grants support a variety of programs, including street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to homeless individuals and families with children. HUD says it will award additional grant funding to "hundreds of other local programs in the coming weeks."

"In the face of budget cuts from sequestration, Continuums of Care and grantees were forced to make difficult choices and do as much as possible to advance their local efforts to end homelessness with fewer resources," says Laura Zeilinger, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. "Communities are making the smart choice, investing HUD funds in evidence-based, cost-effective programs. Now we need help from Congress to fully fund these programs and provide communities with exactly what they need to reach the goals of the program, Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness."

Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to projects that meet local needs.

For a complete list of Florida's funded programs, visit HUD's website and click on Florida.

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