2016 HUD Grant Funding Announced - Dayton-Kettering-Montgomery County - Homelessness Efforts

The Dayton-Kettering-Montgomery County Continuum of Care (CoC) will receive grant awards totaling $8,907,293 from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) as part of the 2016 Continuum of Care Competition. 
According to HUD’s award announcement, 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.”
Most of the CoC funding will go to 16 permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs – programs that provide safe, affordable housing with supportive services to disabled homeless persons.  Combined, these PSH programs provide supportive housing to more than 900 formerly homeless households annually.  In 2015, 3,420 households in Montgomery County spent at least one night in shelter or living unsheltered. 
Organizations receiving funding include:  The City of Dayton, Eastway, Homefull, Miami Valley Housing Opportunities, Montgomery County, PLACES, and St. Vincent de Paul. Montgomery County will receive funding for the CoC’s Homeless Management Information System and for a CoC Planning Grant.
Kathleen Shanahan
Housing and Homeless Solutions Coordinator