The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $6 million in grants for homelessness prevention in New York on Thursday, including five grants in Westchester and one in Rockland. The local grants are for the City of Mount Vernon ($33,923), Grace Church Community Center, Inc. in White Plains ($130,387), the Yonkers Housing Authority’s Medical And Substance Abuse Outreach ($74,441), Westchester County Department of Social Services Domestic Violence Transitional Housing ($107,001), Westchester County Department of Social Services Supportive SRO in White Plains ($30,600) and Open Arms, Inc. in Haverstraw ($54,411).
Below is the full announcement:
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $6,047,574 TO CONTINUE HELPING HOMELESS PERSONS AND FAMILIES IN NEW YORK
HUD grants renew support for 40 local housing and service projects (list included)
WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $6,047,574, a second round of grants to support 40 local homeless housing and service programs in New York. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs, funding announced today will ensure these HUD-assisted local homeless assistance programs remain operating in the coming year. Last March, HUD awarded additional support to hundreds of other existing local programs and will make a third round of funding to support selected new projects later this year. View a complete list of all the New York homeless projects awarded funding.
“We know these modest investments in housing and serving our homeless neighbors not only saves money, but saves lives,” said Donovan. “These local programs are on the front lines of the Obama Administrations efforts to prevent and end homelessness as we know it once and for all.”
HUD’s Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients. The grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families. HUD funds are a critical part of the Obama Administration’s strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.
“This second round of funding is welcome relief to so many homeless persons that continue to struggle towards self-sufficiency,” said Acting Regional Administrator Mirza Orriols. “This federal funding also provides respite to so many dedicated organizations; staff, advocates, and volunteers that see the need and work tirelessly to assist the men, women, children, and veterans that still need shelter and a place to call home.”
While the Fiscal Year 2012 funds awarded today are not impacted by the automatic across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration that began March 1st, Donovan cautioned that future budget cuts may reverse significant reported declines in homelessness: “During this challenging budget climate, we must make certain that we don’t balance our books on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. When we make even modest investments in these programs, we see a measureable decline in homelessness.”
HUD recently announced its 2012 “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons in America. Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 633,782 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2012, largely unchanged from the year before. While HUD found significant declines among the long-term homeless and veterans, local communities reported an increase in the number of sheltered and unsheltered families with children. In New York State, local communities reported a 9.6 percent overall rise in homelessness in 2012.
HUD’s Continuum of Care grants announced today will continue offering permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.
In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020.
List of local housing and service projects:
Albany Housing Authority Altamont Program Shelter Plus Care Program Albany $57,162
Capital Area Peer Services Albany $102,374
Rehabilitation Support Services Albany $61,264
Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse Syracuse $68,327
Chadwick Residence, Inc. Syracuse $31,957
Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc. Syracuse $33,881
Schenectady YMCA Shelter Plus Care Schenectady $126,602
American Red Cross Serving Erie & Niagara Counties Buffalo $173,812
Hispanics United of Buffalo Inc. Buffalo $204,935
Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc. Troy $136,347
Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Dunkirk $22,080
ETC Housing Corporation Plattsburgh $12,988
PathStone Corporation Rochester $17,004
Oneida County Workforce Development Utica $39,900
The Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties t Hudson $15,251
City of Glens Falls Housing Authority Glens Falls $123,392
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc. Niagara Falls $69,984
Ali Forney Center New York $446,938
Bowery Residents’ Committee, Inc. New York $507,439
Bowery Residents’ Committee, Inc. Los Vecinos Community Residence New York $521,099
NYC HPD The Gibb Mansion New York $657,286
HELP Social Service Corporation New York $806,242
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter New York $247,703
Palladia, Inc. New York $289,784
Veritas Therapeutic Community Inc. New York $278,554
Weston United Community Renewal, Inc. New York $229,185
Gateway Community Industries, Inc. Kingston $42,351
Grace Smith House, Inc. Poughkeepsie $11,423
Grace Smith House, Inc. Poughkeepsie $18,736
Ecclesia Ministries of Newburgh, Inc. Newburgh $62,954
Federation of Organizations for the New York State Mentally West Babylon $102,866
City of Mount Vernon (NY) Mount Vernon $33,923
Grace Church Community Center, Inc. White Plains $130,387
Housing Authority Yonkers – Medical And Substance Abuse Outreach Yonkers $74,441
Westchester Cty Social Services Domestic Violence Transitional Housing White Plains $107,001
Westchester County Dept. of Social Services DSS Supportive SRO White Plains $30,600
Open Arms, Inc. Haverstraw $54,411
Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Sullivan County Monticello $39,796
Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Sullivan County Monticello $13,078
Gateway Community Industries, Inc. – UC Women w/ Children Kingston $44,117
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