$45 Million in HUD Funding Going to Help End NJ Homelessness

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Housing and Urban Development grants meant to reduce homelessness, it was announced Thursday.

In total, HUD awarded roughly $2 billion to more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs around the country through the grant program.

Heartland Alliance and Thresholds, which both focus on connecting people to medical care and permanent housing, were among the recipients in Chicago.

HUD officials said the Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautaugua, and Cattaraugus counties. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

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New federal funding is heading to New Jersey to help support efforts to put an end to homelessness in the state. However, homelessness among families dropped 5.4 percent.

According to HUD, its annual homeless assessment indicated temporary and long-term homelessness among individuals edged up almost 1 percent in 2017.

Los Angeles County's 55,188 number of homeless people in 2017 was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by HUD. "Rapid rehousing ensures that homelessness is a brief, rare and non-recurring event for individuals and families". HUD estimates there were 17,565 persons experiencing homelessness in MA on a single night in 2017, a decrease of 10.4 percent since the prior year. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent. These Continuums of Care will report these one-night "point-in-time counts" later in the year and will form the basis of HUD's 2018 national homeless estimate.

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.