Congratulations to the Macon County Continuum of Care which will receive $790,791 in funding for housing projects next fiscal year. This represents only a slight decrease in planning funds from current funding in of $794,348. The Macon County Continuum of Care is made of representatives from programs in the community working to end homelessness.

Dove, Inc.
Decatur Housing Authority
Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation
Heritage Behavioral Health Center
Community Investment Corporation of Decatur
City of Decatur
Millikin University
Macon Piatt Regional Office on Education
Salvation Army
Good Samaritan Inn
Crossing Healthcare

The Continuum of Care will again complete a Point in Time (P.I.T.) Count on January 26, 2017 to assess the current needs for sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in Macon County. Anecdotal evidence over the last year indicates that the work of the Continuum’s Chronic Homeless Assessment Team (CHAT), Continuum Partners and Homeless Advisory Council are making headway in addressing the barriers to self-sufficiency which underlie homelessness in our area. If you would like to join the P.I.T. Count please contact coordinator Mary Garrison mgarrison@mail.millikin.edu

The next Homeless Advisory Council meeting is January 12 at 1:30, at the Homeward Bound Conference Center, 788 E. Clay, Decatur.

For additional information , contact Darsonya Switzer, Homeward Bound Program Director at 217.428.6616 or learn more at www.doveinc.org



From: HUD Public Affairs [mailto:HUDPublicAffairs@HUD.GOV]
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:28 AMTo: HUD-NEWS-L@hudlist.hud.gov

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Julián Castro, Secretary
Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410

Shantae Goodloe Tuesday
202-708-0685 December 20, 2016

Funding supports thousands of local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S.

WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prevent and end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs across throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

This year, HUD continued to challenge state and local planning organizations called “Continuums of Care” to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD’s call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

“Today marks another critical investment in support of those working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “We know how to end homelessness and will continue to encourage our local partners to use the latest evidence to achieve success. These grants support proven strategies to end homelessness once and for all.”

“Continuums of Care across the nation are acting with urgency and resolve, with a focus on using federal resources as effectively and efficiently as possible,” said Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “The investments being made through these grants are absolutely critical to sustaining and building upon the progress communities are making toward ending homelessness.”

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness as well as to end homelessness among children, family, and youth.

Each year, more than one million people experiencing homelessness are provided emergency, transitional, and permanent housing. The Department estimates there were 549,928 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2016. Since the launch of Opening Doors in 2010, local communities around the country report:

The total number of individuals experiencing homelessness declined by 14 percent;
Veteran homelessness fell by 47 percent;
Chronic homelessness declined 27 percent; and
Family homelessness declined by nearly 23 percent.

HUD has launched a robust effort to more accurately account for the youth and young adult population in the nation’s next count slated for next month. Once local communities gather and report their 2017 data, HUD will issue a new national estimate in the Fall of 2017.


HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.

You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Castro on
Twitter and Facebook or sign up for news alerts on HUD's Email List.

Fiscal Year 2016 Continuum of Care Grant Awards

Number of projects funded
Total Award
Alabama 56 $17,172,393
Alaska 22 $3,697,135
Arizona 101 $37,833,350
Arkansas 27 $4,293,758
California 933 $352,946,617
Colorado 77 $29,571,287
Connecticut 148 $44,583,760
Delaware 29 $7,858,054
District of Columbia 54 $21,198,186
Florida 319 $81,566,866
Georgia 176 $38,648,979
Guam 7 $1,121,767
Hawaii 37 $11,519,682
Idaho 32 $3,669,450
Illinois 416 $104,862,190
Indiana 105 $17,889,804
Iowa 44 $8,838,430
Kansas 48 $7,532,204
Kentucky 100 $19,063,607
Louisiana 153 $45,603,512
Maine 34 $11,810,751
Maryland 194 $48,235,071
Massachusetts 277 $69,463,083
Michigan 309 $66,900,360
Minnesota 221 $31,972,913
Mississippi 32 $5,367,903
Missouri 152 $34,048,619
Montana 18 $2,446,282
Nebraska 53 $8,519,702
Nevada 46 $15,762,359
New Hampshire 63 $6,969,952
New Jersey 285 $45,574,610
New Mexico 66 $10,758,013
New York 621 $195,920,284
North Carolina 164 $24,797,054
North Dakota 20 $1,903,991
Ohio 319 $94,869,563
Oklahoma 70 $7,891,816
Oregon 130 $34,686,509
Pennsylvania 515 $100,357,941
Puerto Rico 66 $18,715,977
Rhode Island 44 $5,932,887
South Carolina 61 $9,734,026
South Dakota 10 $1,264,095
Tennessee 132 $20,611,110
Texas 215 $86,315,343
Utah 57 $10,089,585
Vermont 23 $4,478,212
Virgin Islands 2 $107,651
Virginia 153 $28,460,145
Washington 191 $58,134,240
West Virginia 62 $7,761,222
Wisconsin 99 $23,586,361
Wyoming 5 $291,611
TOTAL 7593 $1,953,210,272

View a complete list of all local homeless projects awarded funding.

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