Mayor London Breed Announces HUD Grant for Critical Homelessness Programs
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care awards San Francisco over $51 million to continue permanent supportive housing, rapidly re-house people who fall into homelessness, and improve access to housing for survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing homelessness
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided a significant grant of $51 million to San Francisco to renew and expand critical service programs.
HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program is designed to support local programs ending homelessness for individuals, families, and Transitional Age Youth. San Francisco’s grant will continue 59 ongoing projects and expand new housing services for survivors of domestic violence.
“As we make progress on our historic Homelessness Recovery Plan, we need to continue to work with our partners in order to meet people where they are and provide immediate shelter and housing for those experiencing homelessness,” said Mayor Breed. “We know that addressing homelessness can’t be solved by local governments alone. That’s why this federal investment is so critical. I want to thank HUD and their leadership for understanding the urgent needs of our unhoused population.”
“Access to stable housing is a basic necessity – the safety of a home is essential, especially as we continue to fight the COVID-19 virus,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “These Continuum of Care program grants, coupled with the historic resources in the American Rescue Plan, will deliver communities the resources needed to ensure that every person in a respective community has the equitable opportunity to a safe and stable home. San Francisco and Mayor Breed are important partners in our House America initiative to tackle homelessness, and these resources will help them carry out their important work to house and provide more people with opportunities to thrive.”
The funding will support 59 renewal projects in San Francisco that include a mix of permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and transitional housing projects. In addition, the CoC award will support Coordinated Entry projects to centralize the City’s various efforts to address homelessness. This includes $2.1 million in funding for the Coordinated Entry system to improve access to housing for youth and survivors of domestic violence.
“HUD’s Continuum of Care funding provides vital resources to a wide range of programs and projects that have been proven to end homelessness in our community,” said Shireen McSpadden, executive director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. “The investment of CoC funding in San Francisco is an endorsement of the successful work our city and nonprofit partners continue to engage in.”
Fiscal Year 2022 CoC Renewal Awards Include:
- 5 Rapid Rehousing projects, totaling $4.1 million
- 1 Transitional Housing project serving youth, totaling $445,538
- 46 Permanent Supportive Housing projects, totaling $42.3 million
- 1 Host Home project, totaling $368,177
- 3 HMIS projects, totaling $750,621
- 3 Coordinated Entry projects (including Youth and DV CE projects), totaling $2.1 million
“On behalf of the Board, we are very appreciative of HUD’s support in fulfilling our funding request for these critical projects for San Francisco,” said Del Seymour, co-chair of the Local Homeless Coordinating Board. “This funding will make a difference in the lives of so many people trying to exit homelessness.”
Nationally, HUD awarded nearly $2.6 billion for approximately 7,000 local homeless housing and service programs, including new projects and renewals across the United States.
This funding builds on Mayor Breed’s Homelessness Recovery Plan by helping the City create more shelter and housing for homeless residents as San Francisco emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Mayor Breed’s plan, the City will expand capacity in the Homelessness Response System and aims to make 6,000 placements available for people experiencing homelessness by expanding the City’s housing options.
Progress on Mayor Breed’s Homelessness Recovery Plan can be found here: sf.gov/data/homelessness-recovery-plan