Obama Administration Awards Nearly $1.6 Billion in Homeless Grants to Thousands of Local Housing and Service Programs Nationwide


Montana to receive $2,549,149 for continuum of care and emergency shelter grants

WASHINGTON – February 19, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) – Hundreds of thousands of homeless individuals and families will find a stable home and be offered critically needed services as a result of nearly $1.6 billion in homeless assistance announced today by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. This week, President Obama also signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law, which will provide an additional $1.5 billion in funding for homeless prevention.

The grants announced today are being awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs and will assist approximately 6,300 local homeless assistance projects throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For a local summary of the grant funding announced today, visit HUD’s website.

“With the foreclosure and unemployment crisis looming, millions of families – both homeowners and renters – are in danger of losing their homes so we must focus substantial resources to help those families find stable housing,” said Donovan. “The grants being awarded today, along with the recovery plan’s additional $1.5 billion, will offer a critical lifeline to those persons and families who, after a foreclosure or job loss, might otherwise be faced with homelessness. Today we are announcing an unprecedented commitment to fund programs that have a proven track record of providing real housing solutions for our most vulnerable neighbors.”

HUD is awarding $24 million to create new pilot programs in 23 local communities to rapidly rehouse homeless families with children, which will be critical during these difficult economic times. These local pilot programs (see attached chart) will become the basis of a significantly expanded $1.5 billion federal effort, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to offer quick housing assistance to homeless families and to prevent homelessness among those facing a sudden economic crisis.

The additional funding provided in the recovery plan is a dramatic increase in funding to support local programs to keep persons and families from becoming homeless, including the large number of low-income renters who are at high-risk of becoming homeless because their landlords’ properties are foreclosed upon. This funding will have an immediate impact by offering these families short-term rental assistance, housing relocation, or security and utility deposits.

HUD’s homelessness grants have made a measureable difference in reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Department’s latest homeless assessment, chronic homelessness has declined an average of 15 percent annually from 2005 to 2007. This decline is directly attributed to HUD’s homeless grants helping to create significantly more permanent housing for those who might otherwise be living on the streets.

HUD’s funding is provided in two ways:

  • Continuum of Care Grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons. In addition, Continuum grants fund important services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. More than $1.5 billion in Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. Continuum grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families. Half of all Continuum funding awarded today, more than $783 million, will support new and existing programs that help to pay rent and provide permanent housing for disabled homeless individuals and their families (see attached summary of the funding awarded today).
  • Emergency Shelter Grants provide funds for the operation of local shelters and fund related social service and homeless prevention programs. HUD is awarding $160 million in Emergency Shelter Grants that are allocated based on a formula to state and local governments to create, improve and operate emergency shelters for homeless persons. These funds may also support essential services including job training, health care, drug/alcohol treatment, childcare and homelessness prevention activities. By helping to support emergency shelter, transitional housing and needed support services, Emergency Shelter Grants are designed to move homeless persons away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.

This year, HUD is transitioning away from a paper-based application process to a new electronic grant submission process called e-snaps. This new electronic system allows applicants to store their submissions as they work on them and significantly reduces the time it takes HUD staff to review these applications. It also saves considerable effort by avoiding burdensome and time-consuming data entry. In the end, e-snaps will streamline and accelerate the process of awarding HUD grant to local homeless programs across the country.


Montana – Fiscal Year 2008
Continuum of Care Competition
Homeless Assistance Award Report with ESG


MT -500 – Montana Statewide CoC
CoC Number and Name Project Name Program Awarded Amount
Ada’s Place Transitional Housing SHPR $102,371
B. Hamilton Project SHPR $76,798
Courtyard Apartments SHPR $35,769
Gateway Center SHPR $61,579
God’s Love Family Transitional Center SHPR $143,305
Helena Housing Authority S+CR $171,696
Helena PHA Samaritan Bonus S+C $153,300
Homeward Bound SHPR $90,958
MHA 70 Shelter Plus Care Renewal 2008 S+CR $498,480
Mountain Home Independent Living Project SHP $121,102
MT HMIS Project SHPR $66,980
Pathways to Success SHPR $124,546
Public Housing Authority of Butte S+C S+CR $81,300
SAFE Transitional Housing SHPR $34,000
Samaritan House, Inc. SHPR $63,000
SHARE House SHPR $196,665
Shelter + Care (S+C) S+CR $89,820
The Joseph Residence at Maclay Commons SHPR $37,467
  Total: $2,149,136
MT State Program
  Total: $400,013
State Total:   $2,549,149

For information on HUD’s homeless programs, please contact Tom Friesen at (406) 447-1488.
For information on how the grantee will administer the funding or for information on a specific local project, please contact the local Continuum of Care: Bob Buzzas (406) 586-1572

Reference Key:

*SHPR: Supportive Housing Program renewal grant designed to develop supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Through SHP, homeless individuals will achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or their incomes. These grants are designed to move people away from a life on the street toward self-sufficiency.

*S+CR: Shelter Plus Care renewal grant is designed to provide housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless individuals with disabilities, primarily those with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and drugs, and AIDS.

HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.


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