The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $109 million in grants Thursday to homeless programs across IL, and a fair amount of those funds were disbursed around northern IL.
The funding is part of roughly $2 billion being awarded to over 7,300 local housing and service programs nationwide.
Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, said, "Continuums of Care are critical leaders in the work to end homelessness nationwide".
HUD officials won't return the forfeited money to Syracuse, but on Thursday the federal agency said it approved a new $680,000 grant to continue the Shelter Plus Care program this year. That includes a focus on Housing First, which moves people quickly from homelessness into permanent housing, rather than using transitional housing as an intermediate step. Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased.
In December, the department reported an increase in homelessness across the country, particularly among those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.
The grants are awarded every January and represent the single biggest disbursement of funding for homelessness each year from the federal government.
In Western New York, HUD estimated there were 1,042 people experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2017, a 3 percent increase since 2016. In addition, homelessness among families with children declined 14.2 percent across the state since 2016.
At least 553,742 people in the USA experienced at least one night of homelessness previous year, according to HUD. That was 0.7 percent higher than in 2016. Family homelessness increased by 4 percent. These Continuums of Care will report these one-night "point-in-time counts" later in the year and will form the basis of HUD's 2018 national homeless estimate.