Michael F. Easley
Governor

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina Carmen Hooker Odom
Secretary

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: February 27, 2007

  Contact: Jim Jones

Record grants to NC agencies helping homeless total $18.6 million

RALEIGH – North Carolina agencies serving homeless people will receive a record $18.6 million in federal Continuum of Care Competitive Homeless Assistance Awards and Emergency Shelter Grants for 2007.

The grants include $15.5 million in competitive funding to support homeless programs in 24 qualifying communities needing support for housing, operations and client support services. The funds will provide ongoing support to 86 previously funded projects, and they will provide permanent and supportive services to 19 new projects that will end the homelessness of an additional 120 adults and 40 children.

“We applaud the hard work of Continuum of Care agencies across our state,” said Dan Stewart, deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. “These agencies are the recipients of the bulk of these funds and are committed to making a difference in the lives of homeless people.”

“We thank all of the local communities that have partnered with us in accessing these record funds,” said Linda Povlich, chairman of the N.C. Interagency Council for Coordinating Homeless Programs. She said the continuum of care funds are nearly $2.4 million more than in the previous year, while Emergency Shelter Grant funds remain nearly level at $3.09 million. In 2002 the state received $10.3 million in CoC grants and $2.6 million in shelter grant funds.

The North Carolina CoC grantees will receive part of $1.4 billion in federal funds approved for 5,300 local homeless programs throughout the nation. The awards were announced earlier this month by HUD.

Surveys have shown that on any given night in North Carolina an average of 10,000 people are homeless.

Details about the HUD Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grants in North Carolina may be accessed through the following web site:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless/budget/2006/06_north_carolina_totals.xls

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