Eleven homeless assistance programs in Oklahoma will get a combined $785,046 in a second round of funding through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, Secretary Shaun Donovan said Thursday.
The funding will make sure that additional permanent and transitional housing projects operate in the coming year. The funding is part of $140 million the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced for nearly 900 local homeless assistance programs across the country. It includes 436 new local projects for providing permanent housing for the chronically homeless through HUD’s “Housing First” initiative and “Rapid Re-housing” of families with children living on the street or in emergency shelters.
“Communities all across the country are changing their approach to reducing homelessness and now is not the time to retreat from doing what we know works,” Donovan said. “Investing in proven strategies such as ‘Rapid Re-housing’ and ‘Housing First’ help to break the cycle of homelessness as we’ve known it in these communities.”
Earlier this year, HUD awarded $1.6 billion in the first round of funding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs.
“Today homeless assistance programs in Oklahoma will join the thousands of local programs across the country that are on the front lines ending homelessness as we know it,” said Tammye H. Trevino, regional administrator.