2-3-2023 Grant Update: The Joplin/Jasper/Newton County CoC was not funded.
|HUD No. 23-029
HUD Public Affairs
February 2, 2023
HUD AWARDS $315 MILLION IN HISTORIC GRANTS TO ADDRESS UNSHELTERED AND RURAL HOMELESSNESS
The first of its kind package of grants and vouchers follows progress of 100,000 people and families housed and 40,000 housing units added to development pipeline by House America communities
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is announcing the first set of communities to receive grants and vouchers to address homelessness among people in unsheltered settings and in rural communities. Today’s announcement totals nearly $315 million in grants to 46 communities. In the coming weeks, HUD will be awarding grants to an additional set of communities, as well as allocating housing vouchers to awarded communities. Together, these grants and vouchers comprise a first-of-its-kind package of resources to help communities provide housing and supportive services to people in unsheltered settings and people experiencing homelessness in rural areas. Communities were also asked to develop a comprehensive approach to addressing unsheltered and rural homelessness that involves coordination with health care providers, other housing agencies such as public housing authorities, and people with lived experience. The full list of grantees is available here.
“Homelessness is a crisis, and it is solvable. Housing with supportive services solves homelessness. That’s why, for the first time the federal government is deploying targeted resources to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in unsheltered settings or in rural areas,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “With these grants and vouchers, HUD is filling this gap and giving communities the resources and tools to improve housing and health outcomes for people on the streets, in encampments, under bridges, and in rural areas.”
This funding initiative is also the first in which HUD has coordinated grants and housing vouchers. In response to the competitive special Notice of Funding Opportunity, Continuum of Care collaborative applicants were asked to formally partner with public housing authorities to leverage access to housing resources. Public housing authorities that are partnering with awarded CoC grantees will receive priority for approximately 4,000 Housing Choice “Stability” Vouchers that allow people experiencing homelessness to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.
From Day One, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken action to deliver housing relief and to solve homelessness. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided historic levels of homeless assistance –including nearly 70,000 Emergency Housing Vouchers and $5 billion in HOME Investment Partnership homelessness grants. HUD and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched House America, a national initiative in which HUD and USICH partnered with 105 communities led by mayors, county leaders, governors, and tribal nation leaders to place over 100,000 households from homelessness into permanent housing and add over 40,000 units of affordable housing into the development pipeline. In late December, USICH released All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which set forth President Biden’s ambitious goal to reduce all homelessness by 25% by 2025.
The resources announced today build upon the momentum and renewed political will at all levels of government to solve homelessness through the provision of housing with supportive services. They respond directly to the calls from state and local leaders, advocates, and people with lived experience for more federal assistance to address unsheltered and rural homelessness specifically. And they provide communities with the resources and tools to respond to homeless encampments humanely and effectively and to avoid approaches that criminalize homelessness.
To make this announcement, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge traveled to Chicago, Illinois to present a $60 million grant to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, All Chicago, and other members of the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC), which coordinates the city’s response to homelessness. The Chicago CoC is using these resources to implement a comprehensive plan to reduce unsheltered homelessness that strengthens homeless outreach, provides rapid access to permanent housing and supportive services, and which was developed with the leadership and support of people with lived experience of unsheltered homelessness. The city’s plan also leverages health, behavioral health, and supportive services from partner organizations, as well as housing resources administered by the Chicago Housing Authority. HUD leaders will make similar announcements across the country to elevate local investments.
More information on HUD’s work to address homelessness can be found here.
A full list of grant awards can be found here.
President Administration announces First-Ever Funding Opportunity for Coordinated Approaches to Address Unsheltered Homelessness, Including Resources for Rural Communities
The HUD package includes $322 million, including $54.5 million set aside for rural communities, permanent housing, supportive services, and other costs. Package also provides $43 million to fund approximately 4,000 new incremental Housing Choice Vouchers.
WASHINGTON – The Biden Administration through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released a first-of-its-kind package of resources to address unsheltered homelessness and homeless encampments, including funds set aside specifically to address homelessness in rural communities.
The $365 million package includes grant funds along with additional vouchers that will enhance communities’ capacity to humanely and effectively address unsheltered homelessness by connecting vulnerable individuals and families to housing, health care, and supportive services. This Initiative for Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness being made available by HUD strongly promotes partnerships with health care organizations, public housing authorities and mainstream housing providers, and people with lived experience and expertise of homelessness.
Competition Deadlines: Posted 8-3-22 Updated 8-16-22
Note: accessible documents are available upon request.
Letter of Intent sent to Homeless Coalition Chair, Robin Smith: September 1, 2022
Robin Smith firstname.lastname@example.org (letter of intent saved below)
Project Applications due in ESNAPS: September 20, 2022
Rank and Review: September 26, 2022
Post Rank and Review Results: September 26, 2022
Appeals Process deadline: September 30, 2022
Post Final Inclusion/Exclusion of applications for CoC grant: October 5, 2022
Submit Final CoC grant: October 20, 2022
Appendix A was updated by HUD. Our CoC’s Maximum Unsheltered Set Aside amount is now $530,996. This is just one dollar less than the original Appendix A. Posted 9-9-2022
Note: MO-602 is not considered rural and is unable to apply for Rural funds. See Appendix B below for more details.