INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded approximately $2 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed support to 5,800 local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In Indiana over $18 million was awarded to support 82 local programs across the state: View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.
HUD is today announcing renewal funding for previously funded local programs. The agency will announce new project awards at a later date.
"At this time of year, thousands of local homeless assistance providers receive federal funding to operate and maintain stable housing for those living in our shelter system and on our streets," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "Renewing these grants will come as a huge relief to these providers, and it will allow them to continue their work to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors."
“Over the past year local agencies in Indiana have worked diligently to end homelessness resulting in a 19% reduction in homelessness across the state since 2010,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. “By renewing funding to local projects, we expect to see this progress continue and are here to support agencies in their tireless efforts to end homelessness as we know it.”
HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing programs.
HUD continues to challenge state and local planning organizations called "Continuums of Care" to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD's call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
Last December, local communities reported homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018. Based upon these local reports, HUD's 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since 2017. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 2.7 percent since 2017 and 29 percent since 2010. Local communities also reported a continuing trend in reducing veteran homelessness across the country - the number of veterans experiencing homelessness fell 5.4 percent since January 2017 and by 49 percent since 2010.
The renewal grants HUD is awarded include funding for 82 homeless projects in Indiana, totaling $18,389,661.