Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Stop the federal dismantling of critical homeless housing programs

President Bush’s 2008 Budget Request would slash up to 185,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years. While the president and his cronies at Housing and Urban Development continue to tour the country applauding local efforts to end homelessness in 10 years, the reality continues to spill over in the form of more and more housing units being lost. Earlier this month, the president’s proposed HUD budget was $35.2 billion, 8 percent below last year’s budget. Finish reading and Act Now!
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    Israel Bayer said...

    IN WASHINGTON: BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1.4 BILLION IN HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS TO HOUSE AND SERVE THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

    WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary and current United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Chair Alphonso Jackson today announced the award of nearly $1.4 billion in Homeless Assistance Grant funding to provide shelter, transitional and permanent housing, and services to more than 150,000 individuals and families through more than 5300 programs in communities throughout the nation. “These grants will support thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets,” said Jackson. “Whether it’s a single man living with mental illness, or a family struggling to give their children a roof over their heads, this funding is quite literally saving lives.”

    "The $1.4 billion announced today continues the Administration's commitment to ending chronic homelessness and more effectively assisting homeless families," said United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director Philip Mangano. "This funding will support an unprecedented number of local programs- more than 5,300 individual shelter, housing and service projects throughout America- in a tangible expression of the National Partnership which received additional encouragement recently from the President's proposed FY 2008 budget of $4.4 billion for a seventh record year of targeted federal homelessness assistance funding."


    Among the award highlights:

    More than 2800 local projects will receive $686 million to serve mothers and children.
    1,096 of the awards totaling more than $287 million are to projects that specifically target persons experiencing chronic homelessness. This commitment of funding is another step toward achieving the Administration’s goal of ending chronic homelessness.
    More than $618 million will support permanent housing solutions for homeless persons.
    Nearly $91 million is being awarded to 560 programs that primarily work to help victims of domestic violence.
    $30 million is being awarded to 145 projects that will primarily serve homeless veterans.
    $388 million will help fund 1,526 projects providing housing and support services to severely mentally ill persons and nearly $329 will support 1,366 local programs that primarily help homeless persons with substance abuse problems. Persons with mental illness and/or substance abuse addiction are among those most at risk of experiencing chronic homelessness.

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