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HUD's Carson: 'We Know How to End Homelessness'

13 January 2018, 02:57 | Jodi Jackson

HUD's Carson: 'We Know How to End Homelessness'

HUD's Carson: 'We Know How to End Homelessness'

U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson said the grants "support our broader goal of ending or preventing homelessness as we know it".

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on January 11 awarded $45.9 million to support to 248 homeless housing and service programs in New Jersey.

Nationwide, the grants totaled more than $2 billion.

Officials say the funding will help move the state one step closer to ultimately eliminating homelessness.

Officials are awaiting HUD approval for the change in how the grant is managed, said Melissa Marrone, director of the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Central New York.

The grants provide crucial housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness statewide. "Progress is being made but we must remain resolute in our mutual commitment to more innovatively and effectively address homelessness through a housing-first approach that is evidence-based".


"Our local partners are to be commended for their commitment and ongoing efforts to address homelessness, said Denise Cleveland-Leggett, HUD Southeast Regional Administrator".

Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the USA, especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.

In Florida, there were nearly 32,200 people who experienced homelessness past year, a decline of 4 percent.

According to HUD, there were 553,742 homeless people across the country on a single night in 2017, which was up by less than 1 percent from the previous year.

The housing department estimates that the number of people experiencing long term, chronic homelessness, including veterans, has increased. That was 0.7 percent higher than in 2016.

National research shows that 75-93 percent of participants in these types of programs stay stably housed and avoid a return to homelessness.



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