Program gives $2B in grants for assistance to homeless

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

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.

Heartland Alliance and Thresholds, which both focus on connecting people to medical care and permanent housing, were among the recipients in Chicago. Approximately $2.01 billion has been awarded for new and renewal projects.

According to HUD, "HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions created to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless".

"This funding is critical in our efforts to end homelessness across Wisconsin as we know it", said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, Joseph P. Galvan.

California topped the list of state and local programs being funded by the grants, with 900 programs being funded for a total of $382,566,777.

In December, the department reported an increase in homelessness across the country, particularly among those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. HUD estimates there were 17,565 persons experiencing homelessness in MA on a single night in 2017, a decrease of 10.4 percent since the prior year. In addition, homelessness among families with children declined 14.2 percent across the state since 2016. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent.

The agency reported that 553,742 people in the US experienced at least one night of homelessness a year ago.

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