23 Delaware programs that address issues affecting the homeless population are receiving $5.1-million in renewed funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the award this week. HUD funding is being renewed through its “Continuum of Care” programs to keep any services and projects from being interrupted in early 2012. “The grants we’re awarding today will literally keep the doors of our shelters open and will help those on the front lines of ending homelessness do what they do best,” said Donovan. “It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.” CLICK HERE for a look at Delaware’s programs receiving this funding. Earlier this month, HUD released a “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless people in America. About 3,000 cities and counties reported 636,000 homeless people on a single night in January 2011, an increase of 2.1-percent from the previous year.