New Orleans, La — U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan warded $28,281,064 to renew support for 167 local homeless housing and service programs in Louisiana.
Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs, the funding will ensure these HUD-assisted local homeless assistance programs remain operating in the coming year. Later this year, HUD will award additional grant funding to support hundreds of other local programs, including new projects.
“The evidence is clear that every dollar we spend on those programs that help find a stable home for our homeless neighbors not only saves money but quite literally saves lives,” said Donovan. “We know these programs work and we know these grants can mean the difference between homeless persons and families finding stable housing or living on our streets.”
Grants are awarded competitively to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients and fund a wide variety of programs.
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 Louisiana, local communities reported a 16 percent overall drop in homelessness in 2012.