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.
In total, HUD awarded roughly $2 billion to more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs around the country through the grant program.
HUD funding under CoC provides support to local programs that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
The programs consist of planning agencies known as "continuums of care". "We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions".
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has given 49 Nevada organizations almost $16 million for homeless assistance.
At the time, Syracuse Housing Authority officials said their ability to use the grants was limited because homeless shelters did not refer enough people.
The housing department estimates that the number of people experiencing long term, chronic homelessness, including veterans, has increased.
According to HUD's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, homelessness is on the rise.
At least 553,742 people in the US experienced at least one night of homelessness past year, according to HUD. In addition, homelessness among families with children declined 14.2 percent across the state since 2016.
National research shows that 75-93 percent of participants in these types of programs stay stably housed and avoid a return to homelessness. In addition, Veteran homelessness increased 27 persons to 583 or 4.8 percent since January 2016, demonstrating the need to continue providing assistance to this vulnerable population.