HUD Awards $2,002,064 for New Local Homeless Programs in South Carolina

March 14, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC – March 14, 2012 – U.S. Housing and Urban Development(HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded nearly $2,002,064 to supportten new local homeless programs in South Carolina. 

This fundingprovides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing andpermanent support for individuals and families and is a significant partof the Obama Administration’s strategic plan to prevent and endhomelessness.  View a complete list of all the state and local projectsawarded funding today. HUD recently awarded $1.47 billion to renewfunding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs operatingacross the U.S.  That funding ensured housing and service programsremained operating in 2012.   

“Today’s grantees will join other local programs that are on thefront lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on ourstreets,” said HUD Region IV Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr.  “It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economicdecline since the Great Depression, the total number of homelessAmericans is declining, in large part because of these funds.”
According to the latest data reported by more than 3,000 cities andcounties throughout the U.S., homelessness declined 2.1 percent between2010 and 2011and a remarkable 12 percent among homeless veterans.
HUD’s Continuum of Care grantsprovide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as wellas services including job training, health care, mental healthcounseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Continuum of Caregrants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs oftheir homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programsfrom street outreach and assessment programs to transitional andpermanent housing for homeless persons and families. Continuum of Careprograms include:

  • Supportive Housing Program (SHP) offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible.
  • Shelter Plus Care (S+C) provideshousing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homelesspersons with disabilities, (primarily those with serious mental illness,chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and acquiredimmunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases) and their familieswho were living in places not intended for human habitation (e.g.,streets) or in emergency shelters.
  • Single-Room Occupancy Program (SRO) provides rental assistance for homeless persons in one-person housing units that contain small kitchens, bathrooms, or both.

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices thatform the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched thenation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessnessputs the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by2020. 
In addition to HUD’s annual grant awards, HUD continues to manage the$1.5 billion Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP)Program.  Made possible through the American Recovery and ReinvestmentAct of 2009, this three-year grant program is intended to preventpersons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them ifthey do.  To date, more than 1.2 million persons have been assistedthrough HPRP.

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