HONOLULU RECEIVES $541,772 TO ASSIST HOMELESS
(Tues., Mar., 13, 2012) —The City and County of Honolulu has received $541,772 in new federal grant funds for two homeless assistance activities. Of this amount, $518,700 will provide new permanent supportive housing for homeless persons with disabilities, and $23,072 will be used to update the local Homeless Management Information System. These new funds will supplement the $8.9 million awarded to Honolulu in December 2011 to renew continuing programs.
The City received the funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care programs, which provide funding for transitional housing; for services such as job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and child care; and for permanent supportive housing for homeless persons with disabilities.
"I am very pleased and grateful to HUD for its support of these important local programs," said Mayor Peter Carlisle. “These grants provide essential support to meet critical needs of individuals and families who experience homelessness in our community.”
Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively. The City's grant application was prepared by the Department of Community Services, culminating a year-long process that included an annual Point-in-Time Count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in January 2011, a comprehensive inventory of shelter beds and services, identification of gaps in homeless services, and establishment of Continuum of Care funding priorities.
More information regarding HUD’s Continuum of Care programs is available at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2012/HUDNo.12-052.
Media contact: Department of Community Services Director Sam Moku, 768-7760.