$245,971,792 to renew existing grants for more than 521 community-based housing and service providers
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $2.5 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will provide critically needed support to 6,597 local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Local homeless assistance programs in New York were awarded nearly $246 million.
Local homeless assistance programs in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties, were awarded $13,839,923.
Due to the pandemic, the funding announced renews grants for existing programs. A press release noted the process was streamlined because “communities have been and will continue to be consumed with COVID-19 response and have limited capacity to participate in the traditional CoC competition.”
Acting HUD Secretary Matt Ammon said, "HUD wants to ensure that thousands of local homeless assistance providers continue to receive federal funds needed to provide stable housing for people experiencing homelessness during these trying times. Renewing these grants not only offers relief to our local partners, but it allows Continuums of Care to continue their work to end homelessness and help keep our most vulnerable neighbors off the streets.”
James Arthur Jemison, principal deputy assistant secretary for community planning and development, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to provide funding without diverting the attention of communities from the vital work of preventing, preparing for, and responding to the pandemic.”
Stephen Murphy, HUD deputy regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, said, “Today, HUD is renewing its support to critical homeless assistance programs throughout New York state by providing nearly $246 million for 521 projects assisting individuals experiencing homelessness as well as those at imminent risk of becoming homeless. This support is especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many of our neighbors in New York state are in need of emergency shelter and permanent housing. Today's renewal funding for organizations such as Bailey House in New York City, Catholic Charities in Syracuse, Unity House in Troy, Person Centered Housing Options in Rochester, and the Matt Urban Center in Buffalo provides an invaluable lifeline to the most vulnerable members of our communities.”
HUD’s Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions designed 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 experiencing homeless. Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing programs.