The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $28,184 to support one new homeless program in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Last month, HUD announced $164,698, in grants to renew funding to three local homeless assistance programs throughout the territory. Combined, this funding represents a record investment to support state and local efforts across the nation to reduce and end homelessness.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the announcement in Akron, Ohio, on Feb. 8, during a visit to a Battered Women’s Shelter, a HUD-assisted local program that houses domestic violence victims who are at risk of homelessness.
“Today we make another critical investment to those persons and families living in our shelters and on our streets,” said Carson. “These new programs will join those already on the front lines in their communities working to end homelessness.”
HUD grants support a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs.
HUD continues to challenge state and local planning organizations, called “Continuums of Care,” to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities.
Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD’s call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.