New federal funding to assist Boston's homeless
June 20, 2014
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Regional Administrator Kristine Foye and Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development Director Sheila Dillon, announced today that the City of Boston has received an additional $1.2 million to provide permanent and transitional housing for 60 formerly homeless individuals and families. The new award is part of HUD’s Continuum of Care program, which awarded $140 million in grants today to nearly 900 homeless assistance programs across the country.
“My administration is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Boston, and this funding will enable us to provide critical, additional services to this population,” Mayor Walsh said. “I want to thank the HUD for providing us with these sorely needed and very much appreciated resources.”
Today’s award announcement also includes funding for a new permanent supportive housing project, to be managed by the Pine Street Inn, which will provide housing for 11 chronically homeless individuals, and a planning grant that will help the City coordinate housing and services to homeless individuals and families.
Today’s grant announcement is the second part of a two-phased award process that has granted more than $23 million to homelessness programs in Boston, in order to provide housing and services to homeless individuals and families. In April, HUDawarded the City of Boston more than $22.3 million in the first round of funding for 49 local homeless housing and service programs. This funding ensured that local projects would remain operational, providing critically needed housing and support services to more than 2,000 people and families experiencing homelessness.
“Today homeless assistance programs in Boston will join the thousands of local programs across the country that are on the front lines ending homelessness as we know it,” said Kristine Foye, HUD New England Deputy Regional Administrator.