Homelessness Increased Last Year So The State Of New York Is Getting $200 Million To Fight It

A $200,000,000 grant has been awarded to the state of New York to help fight homelessness.

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Over 570 programs will be the recipients of the funding, which originated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money is part of a grant that is affiliated with the agency’s Continuum of Care Program.

A lot of the funds will be going towards facilitating the construction of affordable housing. Cities and towns from around the state will be benefiting from this grant, with a lot of the resources going to New York City and Buffalo. In the city of Buffalo alone, there will be 11 sub-agencies that will be receiving a total of $11.1 million.

The grant was announced by U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. They explained that the goal of the grant is to give the homeless access to resources that will help them become self sufficient.

The $200,000 grant is part of a larger $2 billion award that is known as the Continuum of Care (CoC) grant, which is being spread throughout the country.

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Unlike some of the previous grants that have been awarded over the years, providers will have a lot of flexibility on how they design and execute their projects. This allows for the projects to be more customized to fit the various programs’ specific needs and their method of execution. Over 80 projects that are specific to housing have been approved, which include projects that are related to rapid rehousing initiatives, permanent housing, and transitional housing.

According to HUD, there was a growth in homelessness throughout the country last year, with a significant number of people experiencing it long-term and chronically. The agency estimates that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness for every single night in 2017. While there were less families and children who were homeless, there was an increase in homeless veterans.

Source: New York Daily News, Buffalo Business First

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