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HUD awards $12.5 million funding to help homelessness programs

Posted Jan. 24, 2018

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The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition has received $12,259,386 in federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care funds to support 36 projects operated by 12 nonprofit and governmental agencies. The funding is $935,503 more than the projects received last year.

The award will primarily fund housing programs, including Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing, and will provide housing for those who have experienced homelessness. Projects include two new projects, two project expansions and 32 project renewals. In 2017, 3,077 people experiencing homelessness were served by this funding.

“HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) funding provides vital resources to many programs and initiatives that have proven effective in the fight to end homelessness in our community. The increased CoC funding is a testament to the great work our city, county and nonprofit partners are engaged in,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Affordable, supportive and stable housing is the foundation for economic security. When we move the needle on ending homelessness, everyone in the community sees the positive impact.”

In addition to supporting housing programs, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition received three grants, all of which support efforts to coordinate community response to homelessness. Understanding homelessness and developing processes to respond to changing trends is a year-round effort that includes conducting a point-in-time count, creating communitywide strategies to end homelessness based on data and community feedback, managing information to report on agency and community performance, monitoring programs to ensure effectively administration, and submitting the collaborative grant that secures $12 million to support these programs.

HUD’s Continuum of Care program is designed to promote communitywide commitments to ending homelessness and provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families. Nationally, HUD awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs, with Texas receiving more than $88 million.

For community members looking to get involved, the annual homeless count is at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 and is a way for residents to directly impact people experiencing homelessness in Tarrant and Parker counties. There are deployment sites in Fort Worth, Arlington, northeast Tarrant County and Parker County. Each year the Homeless Count provides the community with a snapshot of what homelessness looks like on any given night. In 2017, 1,924 people were experiencing homelessness on the night of the point-in-time count.

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