Continuum of Care Grant Awards Announced

Record number of local programs to receive funding to keep operating

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is renewing grant funding needed to keep thousands of local homeless assistance programs operating.  HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said a total of nearly $1.4 billion will help an unprecedented 6,445 programs to continue offering critically needed housing and services to homeless persons and families.

The grants announced today are being awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs.  For the first time ever, HUD is quickly providing renewal grants to local programs to prevent any interruption in federal assistance and will announce funding to new projects in early 2010.  For a local summary of the grants announced today, visit HUD’s website.

“As we move into the coldest time of the year, it’s critical that no program risk running out of money to keep their doors open,” said Donovan.  “These grants will make certain that those programs on the front lines of helping the homeless have the resources they need to house and serve persons who might otherwise be forced to turn to the streets.”

Barbara Poppe, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, said, “Today we extend the federal partnership with communities to meet demand  for homeless assistance and support programs that successfully end homelessness. This public-private partnership has demonstrated tremendous success at ending chronic homelessness and we are now working to build partnerships to end homelessness among veterans and prevent family, youth, and child homelessness.”

HUD’s Continuum of Care Grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons. In addition, Continuum grants fund important 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 (see attached summary of the funding awarded today).

HUD’s homelessness grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America.  Based on the Department’s latest homeless assessment, chronic homelessness has declined since 2005.  This decline is directly attributed to HUD’s homeless grants helping to create significantly more permanent housing for those who might otherwise be living on the streets.  However, data also indicates that family homelessness may be on the rise, particularly in suburban and rural areas.

Earlier this year, HUD allocated an additional $1.5 billion through its new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program. Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HPRP is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do.

Highlights of HUD’s Homeless Assistance

  • HUD is awarding nearly $1.4 billion to renew funding to 6,445 local programs. HUD awarded $1.2 billion to 5,825 renewal projects last year.
  • More than $738 million is being awarded to 2,997 projects that provide permanent housing solutions for homeless families and individuals, including persons who are chronically homeless
  • More than 3,200 local projects that serve families with children will receive over $733 million.

HUD’s housing and service programs funded through the Continuum of Care competition establish the foundation for communities to serve many of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Based on the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) released by HUD in July 2009:

  • Nearly 1.6 million people use emergency or transitional housing programs over the course of a year; and
  • On a given night, approximately 664,000 people are homeless. Of those:
    1. More than 124,000 are chronically homeless;
    2. 36.5 percent are chronic substance abusers;
    3. 26.3 percent are severely mentally ill; and
    4. About 15 percent are veterans.


Here are award summaries specific to the Merrimack Valley Region


Applicant Name Project Name Program Component Grant Term Award Amount
City of Lowell, Massachusetts Alternative House Women in Transition SHP TH 1 Year $189,283
City of Lowell, Massachusetts House of Hope, Inc. SHP TH 1 Year $91,567
City of Lowell, Massachusetts Lowell Transitional Living Center Case Management SHP TH 1 Year $67,350
City of Lowell, Massachusetts Lowell Transitional Living Center Outreach SHP SSO 1 Year $40,325
City of Lowell, Massachusetts Pathfinder Apartments SHP PH 1 Year $41,864
City of Lowell, Massachusetts Pathfinder Permanent Supportive Housing SHP PH 1 Year $400,894
Total: $831,283


Applicant Name Project Name Program Component Grant Term Award Amount
City of Lawrence Homeless Legal Services Project SHP SSO 1 Year $14,962
City of Lawrence Lawrence HMIS SHP HMIS 1 Year $12,416
City of Lawrence YWCA Fina House Project SHP PH 1 Year $20,895
Emmaus Inc. Bethel Transitional Housing and Employment Program SHP TH 1 Year $67,542
Lazarus House, Inc. Capernaum Place SHP PH 1 Year $13,650
Merrimack Valley Young Men’s Chritstian Organziation Supportive Occupant Services SHP PH 1 Year $80,665
The Psychological Center, Inc. Safe Haven SHP PH 1 Year $138,734
YWCA of Greater Lawrence, Inc. YWCA of Greater Lawrence OASIS Project SHP TH 1 Year $187,950
Total: $536,814

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