HUD announces funds for homeless programs

More Than $4 Million in HUD Grants Awarded to Arkansas

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday announced that it has awarded $30.6 million to 68 homeless housing and service programs in Colorado.

"We're looking at evidence", Carson said of the grant program that's a major part of a roughly $5 billion annual anti-homeless effort.

A list of the groups in Florida helping the homeless and getting Continuum of Care grants from HUD can be found here.

In counts conducted in early 2017, the West Coast spike was so high that it raised the overall homelessness figure for the first time since 2010, to almost 554,000 people.

The programs consist of planning agencies known as "continuums of care". Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased. The study found 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of.7 percent since a year ago.

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Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said the infusion of money made him "very pleased" and that the vast majority of the new cash will go toward "permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing".

According to a HUD report, homelessness declined in MA in 2017 compared to 2016. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 23 percent since 2016 and 60 percent since 2010.

National research shows that 75-93 percent of participants in these types of programs stay stably housed and avoid a return to homelessness. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent.

Across the country, homelessness has been on a downward trend for years, according to government counts.

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