Colorado homelessness programs to receive $30.6 million in federal grants

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With the 9 million dollars, which is part of two-billion-dollar grants announced by the government Thursday, the city will obtain a total of 41.5 million dollars in homelessness grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, second only to Los Angeles in southern California that receives 109.4 million dollars. "Progress is being made but we must remain resolute in our mutual commitment to more innovatively and effectively address homelessness through a housing-first approach that is evidence based".

HUD officials said the Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautaugua, and Cattaraugus counties.

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

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

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According to HUD, its annual homeless assessment indicated temporary and long-term homelessness among individuals edged up almost 1 percent in 2017. Family homelessness increased by 4 percent. Meanwhile, the report found, homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide.

HUD estimates there were 553,742 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night nationally in 2017, and increase of.7 percent since past year.

Across the nation, local homelessness planning agencies called "Continuums of Care" will organize volunteers to help count the number of persons located in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and living unsheltered on the streets.

Last month, HUD reported that homelessness crept up in the United States, with an annual homeless assessment report showing 553,742 people without a home in 2017.