Wyoming Homeless Programs Get $292K in Federal Funding

Wyoming Homeless Programs Get $292K in Federal Funding

Wyoming Homeless Programs Get $292K in Federal Funding

Homeless assistance programs in the state will receive roughly $109 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care grant program, the federal agency announced Thursday.

This year, at the national level, HUD plans to send $2 billion in the grants to more than 7,300 programs helping the homeless. That includes a focus on Housing First, which moves people quickly from homelessness into permanent housing, rather than using transitional housing as an intermediate step.

According to a HUD media statement, "HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness".

New federal funding is heading to New Jersey to help support efforts to put an end to homelessness in the state.

California received the largest share of the grant money, $382.56 million.

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HUD-funded strategies have led to a 22 percent reduction in the homeless population in Western New York since 2010, according to Regional Administrator Lynne Patton.

Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the US, especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. "Rapid rehousing ensures that homelessness is a brief, rare and non-recurring event for individuals and families". In addition, Veteran homelessness increased by 1.5 percent, chronic homelessness increased by 12.2 percent and family homelessness declined by 5.4 percent.

On a single night in 2017, the department found that 553,742 people experienced homelessness - an increase of 0.7 percent over 2016. Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased. HUD estimates there were 17,565 persons experiencing homelessness in MA on a single night in 2017, a decrease of 10.4 percent since the prior year.

In counts conducted in early 2017, the West Coast spike was so high that it raised the overall homelessness figure for the first time since 2010, to almost 554,000 people.

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