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Capitol Correspondence - 06.28.22

HUD Announces Funds for Coordinated Approaches to Address Unsheltered Homelessness

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On June 22, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an unprecedented $365 million funding package to address unsheltered homelessness through a coordinated approach that will focus on rural communities and promote partnerships with health care organizations, public housing authorities and mainstream housing providers, and people with lived experience and expertise of homelessness.

The package includes grant funds along with additional vouchers.

  • Grant program: $322 million for a three-year Continuum of Care Program to fund homeless outreach, permanent housing, supportive services, and other costs as part of a comprehensive community approach to solve unsheltered homelessness, including a set-aside of $54.5 million specifically for rural communities.
  • Vouchers: $43 million to fund approximately 4,000 new incremental vouchers for public housing authorities with a priority for those that are partners in comprehensive community approaches to solve homelessness, including serving households experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence or sexual assault, and veterans and their families.