Mayor London Breed Announces Record HUD Grant for Critical Homelessness Programs
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care awards San Francisco $44.5 million to expand 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 record grant of $44.5 million to San Francisco to renew and expand critical service programs, an increase of roughly $3 million dollars from the previous year.
HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program is designed to support local programs ending homelessness for individuals and families. San Francisco received a total of $40.7 million to renew 54 ongoing projects in addition to $2.6 million to fund new projects. New projects include two permanent supportive housing sites and an expansion of the City’s Coordinated Entry system, which serves as both the gateway to housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and the system for prioritizing housing access based on vulnerability. The City also received a planning grant in the amount of $1.2 million.
“My priority remains helping people who are experiencing homelessness off of the street and into care and housing,” said Mayor Breed. “I am committed to creating 4,000 new placements for homeless individuals in four years, enough for every person who is currently unsheltered in San Francisco, because the status quo is not acceptable. I am particularly glad that this grant will help us provide better access to housing for victims of domestic violence experiencing homelessness, who have already had to overcome so much.”
The funding will support 58 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 and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) projects to centralize the City’s various efforts to address homelessness. This includes nearly $900,000 in funding for the Coordinated Entry system to improve access to housing for survivors of domestic violence. Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, fought and won a $130 million increase of homeless assistance grants nationally.
“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 Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. “The increased CoC funding for San Francisco is a vote of confidence to the great work our City and nonprofit partners are engaged in.”
FY 2018 HUD CoC Renewal Award Breakdown
- 47 Permanent Supportive Housing Projects, totaling $38,032,424
- 4 Rapid Re-Housing projects, totaling $2,212,485
- 1 Transitional Housing project, totaling $445,538
- 3 HMIS projects (including new expansion funding), totaling $750,621
- 1 Coordinated Entry project (including new expansion funding), totaling $997,570
- 1 Domestic Violence Bonus project for Coordinated Entry, totaling $882,911
- 1 planning grant, totaling $1,215,971
“I am very pleased that HUD has responded so favorably to fulfilling our request for funding our San Francisco projects,” said Del Seymour, co-chair of the Local Homeless Coordinating Board. “These are very important steps to the fluid delivery of services to the needy in the City.”
Nationally, HUD awarded nearly $2.2 billion for approximately 6,800 local homeless housing and service programs including new projects, renewals and those that applied for additional funding related for those seeking safety from domestic violence. A complete list of all state and local projects awarded HUD FY 2018 CoC funding can be found here.