PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today $53.3 million in FY 2018 Continuum of Care Program grants to support local homeless programs in Maryland.
“Local communities in Maryland are on the front lines, working day in and day out to reduce homelessness,” said Joe DeFelice, Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “I’m pleased we can bolster their efforts by renewing support to 143 existing programs and funding 20 new, promising projects.”
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.
Nationally, HUD announced nearly $2 billion in January to renew funding to thousands of local homeless assistance programs. Of this amount, $202 million will go to new local projects. This funding represents a record investment to support state and local efforts across the nation to reduce and end homelessness.