Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

HUD Awards Nearly $23.8 Million to Wisconsin Homeless Programs

HUD Awards Nearly $23.8 Million to Wisconsin Homeless Programs

President Donald Trump's administration announced $2 billion in grants Thursday for local agencies trying to help the homeless even as the government proposes deep cuts to federal housing programs.

California would receive the largest portion of the funds at $383 million. These Continuums of Care will report these one-night "point-in-time counts" later in the year and will form the basis of HUD's 2018 national homeless estimate. McHenry County received around a million dollars, while DeKalb and DeKalb County received a total of almost 600,000.

The funding includes $2.5 million worth of housing initiatives on Treasure Island, and $6 million for supportive housing in four rehabilitated residential hotels.

"These local programs are providing vital services to some of our most vulnerable", HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday. "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". There are about 554,000 homeless people in the country, he said.


In Florida, there were nearly 32,200 people who experienced homelessness a year ago, a decline of 4 percent.

The HUD findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 - an increase of 23 percent over the previous count.

San Francisco had a homeless population of about 7,500 in 2017, according to a Homeless Point-in-Time count survey, or a "homeless census" conducted by the city past year.

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