Announced in late January, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that they would be awarding approximately $21,174,500 in grants to support the 184 program and local homeless housing and service programs in North Carolina. With their Continuum of Care grants, HUD will ensure that these local homeless and housing programs will provide needed housing and support services to these families experiencing homelessness.
Those programs that are receiving the grants that were announced offer a variety of services to those who are going through tough times and are homeless. Some of these programs include client assessment, street outreach, and direct housing assistance to those who just need monetary assistance. HUD’s goals are to end homelessness and strengthen private and public partnerships to not only end homelessness, but prevent it as well. The funding that is being provided by HUD will help local providers to continue to offer permanent and transitional housing as well as services that include job training, health care, substance abuse treatment, child care, and mental health counseling.
Tying into their mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all, HUD is working to strengthen the housing market, especially in North Carolina, that will hopefully not only improve lives, but save them. Last year alone, HUD funded thousands of local homeless programs across the country in all 50 of the states, as well as Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam.
Below is a chart of the number of homeless programs that were funded by HUD last year separated by state, as well as the total amount of funding that HUD awarded to each of the states and overall total in 2014.