Boston receives $26M in federal funding to help the homeless

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2018

On Thursday, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it was sending $83.2 million to Florida to support 327 groups helping the homeless across the Sunshine State.

Housing for homeless people in San Francisco got a boost Thursday when the federal government announced it is giving the city $9 million more than it did past year as part of its annual funding for homeless programs around the nation.

The HUD's Continuum of Care grants are meant to move the homeless off the streets and into transitional or permanent housing.

California received roughly $382 million, the most of any state.

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".

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The Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority received $109 million, the biggest single pot of funds awarded in the state.

Officials are awaiting HUD approval for the change in how the grant is managed, said Melissa Marrone, director of the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Central New York.

According to HUD, there were 553,742 homeless people across the country on a single night in 2017, which was up by less than 1 percent from the previous year.

HUD estimates there were 553,742 individuals experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of.7 percent since a year ago. Unsheltered homelessness is on the rise in high-cost rental markets where affordable housing is in short supply. While homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report long-term chronic homelessness increased. In addition, Veteran homelessness increased 27 persons to 583 or 4.8 percent since January 2016, demonstrating the need to continue providing assistance to this vulnerable population. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent. 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.

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