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PROVIDENCE – Sen. Jack F. Reed announced $5.8 million for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs on Wednesday.
The funds come from Continuum of Care grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be used to support 38 homeless assistance projects around the state.
“This federal funding will help fund rapid rehousing and permanent housing for homeless persons and families in need. Helping people who are experiencing homelessness, or on the brink of homelessness, get access to shelter, care and supportive services can save lives and save taxpayer dollars. Whether it’s helping a homeless veteran who is struggling with PTSD or a family that is facing an eviction and at risk of becoming homeless, these grants help stabilize vulnerable individuals and families. We are committed to preventing and ending homelessness throughout the state, and these federal funds are vital to keeping that commitment,” said Reed in a statement.
The grants will be coordinated by Rhode Island Housing and jointly administered by nonprofits throughout the state. The funds will be used to offer a variety of housing and services as well as to support new projects.
State and local homeless projects receiving the competitive federal grants include:
Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.
Courtesy of Providence Business News
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $2 billion to support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.
Due to the last year's devastating hurricanes, HUD extended the application deadline for communities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands until February 16, 2018.
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.
"HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets."
Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness added, "Continuums of Care are critical leaders in the work to end homelessness nationwide. When communities marshal these--and other local, state, private, and philanthropic resources--behind the strongest housing-first practices, we see important progress in our collective goal to end homelessness in America."
HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports 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.
Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the U.S., especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. HUD's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of .7 percent since last year. Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness and Veterans increased. HUD's 2017 homeless estimate points to a significant increase in the number of reported persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness, particularly in California and other high-cost rental markets experiencing a significant shortage of affordable housing.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
at www.hud.gov and https://espanol.hud.gov.
You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Carson on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for news alerts on HUD's Email List.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates and catalyzes the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with senior leaders across 19 federal agencies. By organizing and supporting state such as governors, mayors, and local planners. USICH drives action to achieve the goals of the federal strategic plan to prevent and homelessness, in order to ensure that homelessness in America is ended once and for all.
Courtesy of HUD
By PBN Staff - September 21, 2018 12:24 am
PROVIDENCE – The Providence Housing Authority and North Providence Housing Authority will receive a total of $123,704 in federal funds to help homeless veterans find affordable housing.
The funding is through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Housing program, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced Sept. 14.
Veterans accepted into the HUD-VASH program, which combines HUD rental assistance for homeless veterans with VA case-management and supportive services, receive vouchers that allow them to rent privately owned housing while receiving services that help them stay housed, such as health care, mental health treatment, employment assistance and counseling for substance use.
More than 250 veterans in Rhode Island are served through the HUD-VASH program, according to a press release.
The Providence Housing Authority will receive $55,893 to house eight additional veterans. The North Providence Housing Authority will receive $67,811 to house nine more veterans.
Courtesy of Providence Business News
PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to provide essential housing and support for homeless veterans, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that the Providence, North Providence, Pawtucket, Tiverton, Bristol, and West Warwick Housing Authorities will receive a total of $152,775 in federal funding to assist homeless veterans through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. While the Providence and North Providence Housing Authorities have previously received HUD-VASH vouchers, the Pawtucket, Tiverton, Bristol and West Warwick Housing Authorities are all new recipients of the funding.
HUD-VASH is a collaborative program that combines HUD rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and supportive services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans accepted in the HUD-VASH program receive assistance in vouchers to rent privately-owned housing. The housing vouchers allow veterans and their families to live in market-rate rental units while the VA simultaneously provides them with case management and other services -- including health care, mental health treatment, employment assistance and substance-use counseling -- that help them stay housed.
In addition to the more than 230 veterans currently served in Rhode Island through the HUD-VASH program, the Providence and North Providence Housing Authorities will each be able to house two additional veterans experiencing homelessness, with vouchers totaling $14,395 and $14,797, respectively. The other housing authorities will receive a combined twenty vouchers, with Pawtucket Housing Authority receiving a total of $31,031; Tiverton Housing Authority receiving a total of $30,105; the Town of Bristol Housing Authority receiving a total of $29,441; and West Warwick Housing Authority receiving a total of $33,006.
“We will not leave any veteran behind and must make every effort to ensure all our veterans have access to safe, suitable housing. HUD-VASH helps keep that commitment by providing affordable housing and supportive services to veterans in need. This is an important tool to help end chronic veteran homelessness, and I am pleased the state is receiving this latest down payment to help more veterans,” said Senator Reed. “These veterans have experienced real hardships, and HUD-VASH provides a real life-line for them, from finding them a place to call home to providing hands-on counseling and case management to help them get back on their feet.”
A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Ranking Member of the panel’s subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), which oversees HUD-VASH funding, Senator Reed secured $40 million to support 5,100 new HUD-VASH vouchers in the fiscal year 2018 Omnibus spending bill, rejecting President Trump’s proposal to eliminate new resources for the program.
This latest round of HUD-VASH funding comes in addition to $5,796,184 in federal Continuum of Care (CoC) grants for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs that Senator Reed announced earlier this year.
Senator Reed has been a strong supporter of housing assistance and homelessness prevention initiatives throughout his years in office. In addition to his work on HUD-VASH, he also authored the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama. The HEARTH Act reauthorized the landmark McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and simplified and consolidated three competitive HUD homelessness assistance programs into one program and allowed more funding to flow to communities that can demonstrate a commitment to accomplishing the goals of preventing and ending homelessness.
Veterans who are homeless, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, can call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline at: 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs founded the hotline to ensure that veterans in need have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The hotline is intended to assist homeless veterans and their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers, and others in the community.
Since 2008, more than $500 million has been allocated through the HUD-VASH program to serve more than 100,000 homeless veterans nationwide, with more than 10,000 additional veterans served as they become self-sufficient and successfully exit the program.
By PBN Staff - August 31, 2018 11:45 am
PROVIDENCE – The Providence Housing Authority received $395,940 in federal section 811 voucher funding to increase accessible rental housing opportunities for low-income individuals with disabilities, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced Friday.
The federal Section 811 Mainstream Voucher program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Reed said the grant will support rental assistance for roughly 50 households.
“Too often, people with disabilities or special needs are shut out of the rental market and this is an investment in providing greater opportunity and a stronger community for all,” said Reed in a statement. “Accessible, supportive housing can mean the difference between living independently in the community and living on the streets, or ending up in more costly institutional care. The Providence Housing Authority and [its] partners do an excellent job of linking health and housing services and connecting folks to the support they need.”
PROVIDENCE – Three NeighborWorks America organizations in Rhode Island will receive a combined $656,000 in federal funding, Sen. Jack F. Reed, D-R.I., announced Tuesday evening.
NeighborWorks is a congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on providing and building affordable housing. Last year, the program assisted 2,035 families in Rhode Island in getting affordable housing and counseling.
The funding comes from the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed in March. Reed said the bill secured $140 million for the nonprofit nationwide.
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will receive $258,000 from the bill. The organization works in northern Rhode Island and will use the funds primarily for its Greenridge project in Burrillville, which, when completed, will provide 96 affordable apartments for low-income families.
ONE Neighborhood Builders will receive $210,000. ONB builds affordable housing in the Olneyville and Elmwood neighborhoods in Providence.
West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. will receive $188,000. WEHDC provides housing services in the West End neighborhood of Providence and helps individuals and families meet their affordable-housing needs.
NeighborWorks, and more specifically these vital organizations, work incredibly hard to ensure that Rhode Islanders have access to affordable housing,” said Reed in a statement.
Updated Nov 11, 2018 at 10:28 PM
U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report released on Nov. 1 found that the total number of reported veterans as homeless in 2018 decreased 5.4 percent since last year and fell to nearly half the number of homeless veterans reported in 2010.
Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline, according to a national estimate.
In announcing the latest annual estimate, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said that communities are reporting fewer veterans in their shelters and on their streets. Exhibit 1.7 of the report shows that, among all states, Rhode Island is listed in the top 10, with 1,180 homeless and 69 unsheltered. See the entire report online at bit.ly/2kthLvp.
Each year, thousands of communities around the country conduct one-night “Point-in-Time” estimates of the number of people in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and unsheltered locations. This year’s estimate finds that 37,878 veterans were homeless in January 2018, compared with 40,020 reported in January 2017. HUD estimates that among the total number of reported homeless veterans in 2018, 23,312 were found in sheltered settings while volunteers counted 14,566 veterans living in places not meant for human habitation.
HUD also reports a nearly 10 percent decline among female veterans experiencing homelessness. In January 2018, communities reported 3,219 homeless female veterans, compared with 3,571 one year earlier.
The decrease in veteran homelessness can largely be attributed to the effectiveness of the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines permanent HUD rental assistance with case management and clinical services from the VA. HUD-VASH is complemented by VA programs that use modern tools and technology to identify the most vulnerable veterans and rapidly connect them to the appropriate interventions to become and remain stably housed.
Last year alone, more than 4,000 veterans, many experiencing chronic homelessness, found permanent housing and critically needed support services through the HUD-VASH program. An additional 50,000 veterans found permanent housing and supportive services through VA’s homeless programs.
HUD and VA have a wide range of programs that prevent and end homelessness among veterans, including health care, housing solutions, job training and education. More information about the VA’s homeless programs is available at www.VA.gov/homeless.
Veterans who are homeless or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless should contact the Providence VA Medical Center online at www.providence.va.gov/services/homeless/index.asp or call (401) 273-7100 and ask to speak to a homeless coordinator. You can also call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET. More information about HUD is available at www.hud.gov.
Items of interest
— The Providence VA Medical Center and the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Providence Regional Office are hosting a joint veterans’ town hall meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Providence VAMC, fifth-floor auditorium, main building, 830 Chalkstone Ave.
Benefits updates and a Q-and-A session will be held.
— The Lincoln Knights of Columbus will honor the service of veterans and first responders to the country and communities with a free breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 to 11 a.m., at the Columbus Club of Lincoln, at 171 Jenckes Hill Rd. They will also collect new items to support Operation ROVAC (Remembering Our Veterans at Christmas), which will be given to the men and women residents of the Bristol Rhode Island Veterans Home. Men’s and women’s clothing, winter hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, slippers and handkerchiefs are needed. Books and food are not needed, but there is a definite need for large-print word search books, DVD movies, music CDs, greeting cards, print magnifiers with lights, large-size toiletries, Dove and Irish Spring soap, stick deodorant, shaving cream, cologne and perfume.
— To assist veterans in navigating benefits and other services available to them, the Woonsocket Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton St., will host three informational sessions, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 17, Dec. 15 and Jan. 12, all Saturdays, in the library’s main program room. Tim McGorty, Woonsocket Veterans Service adviser, will answer questions and assist veterans with the benefits process. For more information, call McGorty at (401) 830-2599 or email him at email@example.com.
— Veterans of Foreign Wars: Gatchell Post 306 Auxiliary, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 171 Fountain St., Pawtucket; Post 916, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 155 High St., South Kingstown; Lymansville Memorial Post 10011, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 354 Fruit Hill Ave., North Providence; Kelley-Gazzerro Post 2812, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston.
— Vietnam Veterans of America Greater Providence Chapter 273, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812, 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston.
— Korean War Veterans Association Northern R.I. Chapter 3, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Glocester Senior Center, 1210 Putnam Pike, Chepachet.
— U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: Flotilla 72, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, USCG Sector Southeastern New England office, 20 Risho Ave., East Providence; Providence Flotilla 78, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Aspray Boathouse, 2 East View St., Warwick.
— U.S. Submarine Veterans Rhode Island Base, 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, R.I. Aviation Hall of Fame building, 6854 Post Rd., North Kingstown, and all submariners are welcome.
— U.S. Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X-1 Davisville, 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Seabee Museum, 21 Iafrate Way, North Kingstown.
— Fleet Reserve Branch 42, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Seabee Museum, 21 Iafrate Way, North Kingstown.
— Jewish War Veterans of the USA Post 23, 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Tamarisk Assisted Living Community, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick, business meeting; for more information call Steven Musen at (401) 463-5159 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— American Legion Smithfield’s Balfour-Cole Post 64, Christmas party, 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 170 Pleasant View Ave.
Send veterans’ meeting and news items to George W. Reilly at VeteransColumn@gmail.com.
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