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HUD Provides Clarification for FY 2011 Plans


The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) sent a message to its listserv May 16 detailing its plan for homeless assistance programs for the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2011.

The major points of the plan are as follows:

  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Implementation: HUD expects to receive at least $65 million in additional funding for this program, which would mean the total amount available for allocation would be at least $225 million. HUD will allocate $160 million immediately; the remainder will be allocated once an ESG rule has been published.
  • Continuum of Care Competition & HEARTH Act Implementation: The Continuum of Care (CoC) competition and Rural Housing Stability programs described in the HEARTH Act will not be implemented in FY 2011 due to a lack of appropriated funds. The CoC competition for FY 2011 will therefore proceed under the rules and regulations that are currently in place. HUD cautions that there will likely be less funding available for new projects this year. HUD encourages communities to continue with planning efforts related to preparing for HEARTH implementation.
  • Regulations: Current regulations for all programs are in effect until new regulations are released. The current definition of homelessness also stands until further notice. HUD will offer technical assistance and training materials to grantees to help them gain a comprehensive understanding of all new regulations.
  • Other Projects: HUD received $50 million to pay for 7,000 additional HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. However, it did not receive funding for the 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers it requested.

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