HUD awards $73.5 million to MA homeless programs

Ben Carson

Ben Carson

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $2 billion to more than 7,300 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and Guam under the Continuum of Care (CoC) grants program, up from $1.95 billion for 2016.

The HUD funding announced on January 11 is part of a record $2 billion being awarded to more than 7,300 local housing and service programs nationwide.

CoC grants support nonprofits, as well as state and local governments in rehousing homeless individuals and families, and support self-sufficiency among homeless individuals and families.

The aggregate sum awarded to entities within California was $382,566,777 - the largest amount of any state.

The HUD funding will benefit programs that support Boston's Way Home, the city's chronic and veteran-focused homelessness plan.

"HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors", HUD Secretary Ben Carson said.

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Homelessness has risen this winter, with more people being listed without a permanent address.

At present, there are over 7,300 programs helping the homeless throughout the United States. On Thursday, Denise Cleveland-Leggett, HUD's Southeast Regional Administrator, praised HUD's volunteers.

Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the USA, especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.

According to HUD's statistics, last year, there were nearly 554,000 homeless Americans, an increase of.7 percent from last year with much of that increase taking place in California. Meanwhile, the report found, homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide.

A significant increase in the number of reported persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness, particularly in high-cost rental markets where there is a significant shortage of affordable housing. In addition to coordinating funding for area homeless programs, they will count all local homeless people in a single night at a later point in the year.

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