The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.4 billion in funding to homeless assistance programs across the country yesterday.
Colorado received $18.6 million in funding, with the bulk of that, over $14 million, directed at Denver. Colorado Springs and El Paso County will be getting nearly $1.7 million.
According to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, the money will go to nearly 7,000 local homeless assistance programs in accordance with the Obama administration’s goal to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015; and to end homelessness among children, family and youth by 2020.
“Across federal agencies we are aligning mainstream programs toward a goal to prevent and end homelessness,” said US Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director Barbara Poppe. “While we continue to strengthen public-private partnerships in Washington and across the country to meet this goal, today’s grants provide essential support to continue the progress and meet the critical needs of those who experience the crisis of homelessness.”
Read the full HUD press release here.