05/03/2013 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - April 29 - May 3

HUD Announces second round of Continuum of Care grants, expanding support for more than 500 agencies across the country

Yesterday HUD announced $72 million in second round Continuum of Care (CoC) grants to over 500 local organizations serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The $72 million in grants announced support a wide range of programs including street outreach, client assessment, and direct housing assistance.  In March, HUD awarded more than $1.5 billion in a first round of grant funding to renew support for more than 7,000 other local programs.  HUD will make a third round of funding to support selected new projects later this year. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“We know these modest investments in housing and serving our homeless neighbors not only saves money, but saves lives,” said Donovan.  “These local programs are on the front lines of the Obama Administration’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness as we know it once and for all.”

We encourage you to take a look at the organizations in your state that received funding. You can access the full list of grants from HUD’s press release here

Utah Sees Results

On Wednesday, Utah’s Lieutenant Governor announced the results of the 2013 Point-in-Time Count, which showed a positive trajectory in the state’s work to end homelessness among all populations. Significant results include a 9 percent decrease in chronic homelessness from 2012 and a 74 percent decline since 2005. Among Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness, the state has reached “effective zero,” which means that while there are Veterans who will fall into homelessness, there is a system in place to serve all of them effectively and quickly. This makes Utah the first state to reach this milestone.

See all of Utah’s results here

Read more on their results on Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness

Center for Housing Policy Releases Important Housing Report

The Center for Housing Policy release their "Housing Landscape 2013" report on Thursday, noting the continued rise in housing cost burden among working renters. Some significant findings include:

  • Nearly one in four working households spends more than half of its income on housing. The share of working households with a severe housing cost burden increased significantly between 2008 and 2011, rising from 21.8 percent to 23.6 percent.    
  • Declining incomes have exacerbated housing affordability problems for working renters. The median housing costs of working renters rose nearly six percent between 2008 and 2011 while their median incomes fell more than three percent.
  • Severe housing cost burden was most preva­lent among working households earning less than 30 percent of area median income (AMI). Eight in ten working households earning less than 30 percent of AMI (but working an average of at least 20 hours per week) were severely burdened in 2011, a much higher share than for other income groups. Increases in housing cost burdens occurred primarily among working households with incomes at or below 50 percent of AMI, but even some working households earning between 51 and 120 percent of AMI are faced with severe housing cost burdens.

Learn more about these and other housing policy trends by reading the full report 

More News this week:

Our Policy Director Katharine Gale was featured in a story discussing the use of TANF funds for rapid rehousing

New grant monies available from the Home Depot Foundation to construct new permanent supportive housing for Veterans. Learn more and apply.

And DON’T FORGET: USICH and NCHV will be presenting a webinar next Wednesday, May 8 at 1 pm ET:  “Opening Doors to Innovation: How to Improve Client Outcomes Using Housing First.” Register now.

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