HUD awards $73.5 million to MA homeless programs

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President Donald Trump's administration announced $2 billion in grants Thursday for local agencies trying to help the homeless even as the government proposes deep cuts to federal housing programs. McHenry County received around a million dollars, while DeKalb and DeKalb County received a total of almost 600,000.

Los Angeles County - which has the nation's second-highest number of homeless people of any region at more than 55,000 - will receive about $122 million.

The Santa Ana, Anaheim/Orange County Continuum of Care will receive just under $23.5 million.

California received the largest share of any state, with almost $382.6 million for 900 programs.

"HUD stands with our local partners, who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors", said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

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The HUD's Continuum of Care grants are meant to move the homeless off the streets and into transitional or permanent housing. Behind California comes NY (579 programs and $200 million in funding), IL (418 programs and $109 million in funding), Pennsylvania (519 programs and $102 million in funding), and OH (316 programs and $95 million in funding).

In December, the department reported an increase in homelessness across the country, particularly among those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.

According to HUD, its annual homeless assessment indicated temporary and long-term homelessness among individuals edged up almost 1 percent in 2017. "Rapid rehousing ensures that homelessness is a brief, rare and non-recurring event for individuals and families".

"Continuums of Care are critical leaders in the work to end homelessness nationwide".

At least 553,742 people in the USA experienced at least one night of homelessness previous year, according to HUD. "We know how to end homelessness".

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