HUD offers $2.8 billion in funding to fight homelessness
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that it will provide approximately $2.8 billion for homeless services across the United States.
The funding comes as HUD released a report earlier this year that said more than 326,000 people were homeless in the United States in a single night in 2021.
“Every person deserves to live with dignity and security in safe, stable and affordable housing,” HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement. “Coupled with historic resources from President Biden’s US bailout, the Continuum of Care program grants made available by HUD today will help more homeless Americans move into homes and access critical support services.” such as health care, education and vocational training.
The agency will allocate the funding through the competitive Continum of Care program, which is how some state and local agencies tap into federal funding. Access to continuum of care funding will also be expanded to accommodate applicants from Native American tribes and internal tribal housing support programs.
HUD said it wants projects that address improving system performance, advancing racial equity, and working to eliminate racial disparities in the response to homelessness.
It also aims to provide funding to providers who “engage people with lived experience of homelessness in decision-making,” HUD said.
The agency also wishes to support contracts that strengthen local commitment in order to increase the supply of affordable housing. xIn addition, the agency said it wants its projects to work with homeless service providers who take a Housing First approach, as well as to ensure the LGBTQ+ community is not victimized. discrimination when applying for housing services.
The announcement explicitly stated that it would provide funding for “survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment.”
“About $80 million is available for renewal and replacement of non-competitive Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grants,” HUD said.
Among other projects, the agency plans to focus on decriminalizing homelessness, an issue that many housing advocates have spoken out against. Other funding priorities include a focus on racial equity and anti-discrimination policies for LGBTQ+ people.
“Across the country, homeless people are being ticketed, arrested and imprisoned under laws that treat their vital conduct – like sleeping or sitting – as civil or criminal offenses, the National Homelessness Law Center said in his 2019 report, “‘Housing not handcuffs.
“The HUD and the [Biden] The administration continues to prioritize equity in homelessness efforts and the humane treatment of homeless people who are homeless, and the funding announced today will help communities do just that,” said Secretary Fudge.
In March, the Biden administration released its plan to “ease the burden of housing costs,” which aims to provide more affordable housing across the country. The United States already has a shortage of seven million homes, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.