HUD gives $1.2M for homeless in Colorado

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Colorado was awarded just more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 19, 2014.

DENVER — The Obama administration awarded $1.2 million in a second round of grants to support nine local homeless housing and service programs in Colorado.

The Housing and Urban Development grant is part of a Continuum of Care program, which awards grants on a competitive basis that fund a variety of programs including outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless families.

“We know these modest investments in housing and serving our homeless neighbors not only saves money, but saves lives,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “These local programs are on the front lines of the Obama Administrations efforts to prevent and end homelessness as we know it once and for all.”

The grant is not part of the sequester, which began March 1. But Donovan cautioned future cuts may lower the amounts of future grants.

“During this challenging budget climate, we must make certain that we don’t balance our books on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.  When we make even modest investments in these programs, we see a measurable decline in homelessness,” he said.

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