Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
HUD Announces $15 Million in Grants to Support Homeless Programs in Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
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Charla Jackson Peter
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Governor Fletcher, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness announce increase in funding for Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Dozens of homeless programs throughout Kentucky will receive more than $15 million in grants awarded today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson.  Philip F. Mangano, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, made the announcement during a news conference with Governor Ernie Fletcher at the State Capitol.

HUD’s homeless assistance throughout Kentucky represents an increase of more than $1.5 million over last year.  Nationwide, $1.4 billion in HUD grants will support a record 5,300 local programs, providing critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent support for more than 150,000 individuals and families.

“This funding will provide assistance to those who need a helping hand,” said Governor Fletcher. “For some, this may mean the difference between life and death. We must always remember to help those less fortunate among us. This commitment of funds will provide the necessary support to meaningfully address the challenges of homelessness in Kentucky.”

“These grants will support thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets,” said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. “Whether it’s a single man living with a mental illness or a family struggling to give their children a roof over their heads, this funding is quite literally saving lives.”

HUD’s funding is provided in two ways:

  • HUD’s Continuum of Care programs 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 $1.2 billion in Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients.  Continuum of Care 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, nearly $618 million, will support new and existing programs that help to pay rent and provide permanent housing for disabled homeless individuals and their families
  • Emergency Shelter Grants provide funds for homeless shelters, assist in 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.

Mangano said, “This level of funding for Kentucky communities is a tangible expression of the strong partnership with Washington to end homelessness throughout the Bluegrass State.  Governor Fletcher’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness is addressing many of the root causes of homelessness in Kentucky.  He and his Ten-Year Plan champion, Ben Cook of Kentucky Housing Corporation – and the entire Continuum of Care around Kentucky – all deserve commendation for their work to accomplish this mission.”

Governor Ernie Fletcher unveiled Kentucky’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in January 2006.  The plan was developed by the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness and Kentucky Housing Corporation with public input from 12 community forums held across the state.  More information on the plan is available at www.kyhomeless.org.

Governor Fletcher requested the plan be developed in response to President George W. Bush’s charge to cities and states across the country to end chronic homelessness in their specific areas. 

For the last six years, ending chronic homelessness has been one of President Bush’s national goals.  Research indicates that approximately 20 percent of all homeless persons experience long-term or chronic homelessness. These studies conclude that this hardest-to-serve population utilizes more than half of all emergency shelter resources designed to assist homeless individuals and families.   By shifting the federal emphasis toward meeting the needs of the most vulnerable homeless persons, more resources become available for those who experience situational homelessness.

Since 2001, HUD has awarded approximately $9 billion in funding to state and local communities to support the housing and service needs of homeless persons and families.  Next year, President Bush is proposing a record level of funding to house and serve homeless persons and families. The FY 2008 Budget seeks more than $1.6 billion through HUD’s Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grant programs. 


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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.

Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, was created by the 1972 General Assembly to provide affordable housing opportunities.  As a self-supporting, public corporation, Kentucky Housing offers lower-than-market rate home mortgages, housing production financing, homeownership education/counseling, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and supportive housing programs for special needs populations.

Kentucky Housing Corporation prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, disability or veteran status.


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