PHOENIX (January 16, 2018)—Newly awarded federal funding will help the Maricopa region provide housing and services to people experiencing homelessness and will help homeless families, youth, and people who are chronically homeless to obtain permanent housing.

On January 11, 2018, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced Continuum of Care program grant funding to help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care was awarded $25.89 million for 41 local homelessness programs. Last year, the region was awarded $25.4 million. Although the overall award increased, unfortunately, not all projects recommended by the Continuum of Care received funding.

“It is great news to have the federal government continue its investment toward solutions in the region, ” said Valley of the Sun United Way Vice President of Community Impact Amy Schwabenlender, co-chair of the Continuum of Care Board. “At the same time, we know that the award does not meet all of the needs of the community. We are working with the programs that lost funding to ensure that their clients move into housing and not back to the streets. It is important for state, local and private sector partners to bring additional resources to the table to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless.”

Chandler Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke, co-chair of the Continuum of Care Board, noted the importance of the two new projects funded by HUD. A Permanent Supportive Housing project funded in the amount of $346,797 will help those experiencing chronic homelessness. A Rapid Re-Housing project in the amount of $347,990 is targeted toward families. “These are much-needed resources for our region,” said Hartke. “This funding will provide housing units and services to families experiencing homelessness and the chronically homeless population.”

“We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of unsheltered homeless people in the region,” said MAG Regional Council Chair and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck. “We are grateful to have the federal government partner with local communities in our efforts to end homelessness. Funding for these programs will provide much-needed help to get people back on their feet and into permanent housing. At the same time, we are also very aware that homelessness is increasing in our communities and we are working hard to develop solutions that will keep people safe.”

The funding will support the following:

  • 37 programs that provide housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  • $855,158 for the Coordinated Entry project to prioritize and place individuals and families in appropriate housing.
  • Funding for Continuum of Care planning and implementing the Homeless Management Information System, a local information technology system used to collect data on the provision of housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Click here to view a complete list of funded projects. The funding was included in $2 billion in grants announced by HUD January 11, 2018, to provide funding to 7,300 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S.

The Continuum of Care is made up of representatives from the public sector, private sector and nonprofit organizations. The Continuum of Care Board assumes responsibility for the development and submission of the annual coordinated grant application for the HUD Continuum of Care homeless assistance funds. For additional information on the funding announcement or the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care, please contact Anne Scott, MAG Human Services Planner, at (602) 254-6300.

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