Colorado re­ceives $29M in HUD home­less funds

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Tom McGhee

Colorado or­ga­ni­za­tions that fight home­less­ness will share $29 mil­lion in grant money for fis­cal year 2016, the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment said Tues­day.

The grant will be dis­trib­uted to 79 pro­grams for the home­less and will help pro­vide hous­ing and sup­port ser­vices to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies across the state.

The Con­tin­uum of Care grant money is dis­trib­uted an­nu­ally, and or­ga­ni­za­tions that re­ceive fund­ing are re­quired to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion de­scrib­ing the pro­gram they are seek­ing to fund, said Chris­tine Bauman, spokes­woman for the re­gional HUD of­fice in Den­ver.

Colorado re­ceived a sim­i­lar amount last year.

Much of the fund­ing pro­vides per­ma­nent and tran­si­tional hous­ing to peo­ple who are home­less or are at risk of be­com­ing home­less.

“Find­ing safe, qual­ity, af­ford­able per­ma­nent hous­ing is the foun­da­tion for keep­ing peo­ple from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness,” said re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tor Rick M. Gar­cia. Con­tin­u­ing to fund or­ga­ni­za­tions that serve the home­less is cru­cial to pre­vent and end home­less­ness through­out the Rocky Moun­tain re­gion, Gar­cia said.

The grants also fund pro­grams that in­clude job train­ing, health care, sub­stance abuse treat­ment and child care.

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