Local Homeless Programs Receive Over $6 Million in HUD Continuum of Care Grants
July 8, 2014
All 29 of the Continuum of Care (CoC) program grant requests submitted by the Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness this year to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have been approved. The partnership will receive $6,624,847 dedicated to local homelessness programs. These grants were awarded as part of the 2013 nationwide competition to cover one year’s funding. The local CoC did exceptionally well as all programs were funded; this was not true for all communities.
“The progress being made in our community is dependent upon the critical federal resources awarded by HUD to these high performing CoC organizations,” said Dean Klein, director of the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. “It is very exciting to see how our collective effort is recognized. This grant funding awarded will ensure that local projects remain operating in the coming year to provide critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church community.”
The CoC funding will be used for both ongoing programs and to establish new housing opportunities. The majority of funding covers the continuation of existing projects, including permanent supportive housing for 263 individuals and 25 families who were formerly homeless (primarily in scattered site apartments); 87 families in transitional housing; and a safe haven serving eight individuals. In addition, the CoC was awarded funding for two new projects from reallocated funds to serve 20 individuals in permanent supportive housing. The new program participants will come primarily from the 100,000 Homes Fairfax vulnerability list, which helps identify those most in need of housing and support.
CoC grants support a variety of programs nationally including street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to individuals and families with children who are experiencing homelessness. Locally, the CoC has funded permanent supportive housing and transitional housing programs since 1991.