The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its list of organizations that will receive funding through the Continuum of Care Program this year. But this year programs are getting 5 percent less money than usual.
The Continuum of Care Program gives money to homeless assistance programs like housing and counseling services. It also funds emergency services to keep people off the street in the first place.
The budget squeezing that happened last year is now coming down the pipe into communities this year.
“As a result of everything that happened last year. Communities were requested to make a 5-percent reduction so that they knew exactly what funding they were going to get,” says Gloria Shanahan a representative for the Southeastern HUD district.
Each community, decides what organizations are going to submit applications for funding. The Miami-Dade Homeless Trust is in charge of coordinating that process for Miami. It was in charge of making sure the organizations’ ask included that 5-percent cut.
This round of funding goes to projects that are already in existence. New projects will go through a separate application process and that pot of money is also expected to be smaller for this years’ applicants.
In all, HUD granted $73 million for 327 projects across the state. Miami-Dade County got $30.4 million of that, funding about 90 projects.