HUD awards $4.3 million to Spokane to help homeless people

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HUD awards $4.3 million to Spokane area to help homeless people

Brian Walker, Director of Communications, 509.655.1387

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 1:48 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $4,333,859 in Continuum of Care competition awards for Spokane-area homeless housing and services programs.

Federal grants will provide funding to help homeless individuals and families move into permanent housing with access to support services, with the goal of long-term stability.

“These funds are deeply appreciated and go a long way in helping regional partners in the fight against homelessness,” said Jenn Cerecedes, director of the city’s community housing and social services department, which applied for the funding last fall. latter on behalf of the Regional Continuum of Care.

HUD Regional Administrator Margaret Solle Salazar said HUD is proud to support its partners in the Northwest Interior who are making an impact in reducing homelessness.

“These resources will open the doors to long-term housing stability for families in our region and help build an equitable recovery from this time of crisis,” Salazar said.

The CoC program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to ending homelessness. The program is the largest source of federal funding for homeless services and housing programs serving homeless people.

The awards include funds for domestic violence support projects. They also showcase projects that focus on adding permanent housing to communities, including permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, and projects that provide transitional housing to households.

A breakdown of the Spokane area grant totals by sub-recipient is as follows:

  • Volunteers of America, $1,539,214;
  • Catholic charities, $1,447,301;
  • YWCA, $663,967;
  • City of Spokane, $418,456; and
  • SNAP, $264,921.

HUD last August released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the CoC competition awards. Specifically, HUD was looking for projects that:

  • End homelessness for all people experiencing homelessness;
  • Use a Housing First approach;
  • Reduce homelessness and reduce the criminalization of homelessness;
  • Improve system performance;
  • Partner with housing and health agencies, including to leverage and coordinate US bailout resources;
  • Advance racial equity and address racial disparities in homelessness; and
  • Engage people with lived experience of homelessness in decision-making.

For more information about the funds, visit the HUD website or contact Vanessa Krueger, Area X Public Affairs Officer, [email protected], at 206-220-5289.

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