Millions Of Federal Dollars Headed To El Paso

Millions Of Federal Dollars Headed To El Paso
Friday, April 29, 2011 - 11:10am

EL PASO - Homeless programs in El Paso are getting a huge financial boost from a federal grant.

$3.7 million will be distributed between 22 programs including the salvation army and the Housing Authority of El Paso.

The El Paso Coalition for the Homeless applied for the 'Continuum of Care' grants last year, and they we're awarded all the money they asked for.

Below is a press release from the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless:

HUD AWARDS $3.7 million to HOMELESS EFFORTS

April 28, 2011
El Paso, Texas

The El Paso Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce the awarding of over $3.7 million dollars in funding to homeless programs in our community. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the awards for the 2010 Continuum of Care grants submitted in November 2010.

“The awarding of these funds is a true indicator of the collaborative efforts made on the part of the Coalition and its member agencies. This is one of the few times all projects submitted as parts of the COC process were funded” noted Camille Castillo-HUD Project Coordinator.

Annually HUD provides funding to communities across the country that has developed a full service continuum of care in addressing homelessness. The El Paso Coalition for the Homeless is responsible for the development of the proposal, working with the local member agencies. This year long process culminates in the submission of the annual COC application. El Paso has been receiving Continuum of Care funding for the past ten years.

The funds announced by HUD will assist in the development of specialized housing for chronically homeless veterans, a new transitional facility for aging out of fostercare youth, a new transitional living center for homeless families, victims of domestic violence, supportive services for homeless youth, legal clinic, continued funding of the Mi Casa Child Care Program, a Coalition wide system of transportation for homeless persons, a transitional housing programs for veterans, homeless families; and mental health project for homeless families.

Agencies receiving these funds must provide matching funds between 20% and 50% depending on the type of services and programs offered. Since our initial application in 1995, the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless has assisted in bringing into our community over $33,888,000.00 of Continuum of Care funding. This is one of the largest funding sources for our community’s efforts to address homelessness.

The following is a breakdown of each agency and the funds awarded:

NEW PROGRAMS
El Paso Human Services – Transitional housing for population aging out of foster care $347,986
Salvation Army – Transitional housing for homeless families $245,903
Recovery Alliance – Permanent housing for chronically homeless veterans $477,452

RENEWAL PROGRAMS
Center Against Family Violence – Transitional program for families $82,929
Centro San Vicente Medical Clinic- Mental Health and Substance abuse services $139,998
El Paso Coalition for the Homeless – Homeless Management Information System $107,902
El Paso MHMR - Homeless Outreach Clinic $203,982
El Paso MHMR – Permanent supportive housing $176,761
La Posada Home – Transitional program for families, 2 facilities $142,570
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso - Partnership with the VA, permanent housing for chronically homeless veterans $94,140
International AIDS Empowerment – Permanent housing for homeless with HIV/AIDS $43,898
Opportunity Center for the Homeless - Coordinated Transportation System $78,721
Opportunity Center for the Homeless – Transitional housing for single women $171,920
Opportunity Center for the Homeless – Services for homeless youth $108,551
Opportunity Center for the Homeless – Magoffin Safe Haven $250,734
Opportunity Center for the Homeless – Mental Health Initiative $161,091
Opportunity Center for the Homeless – Social Services $115,136
Opportunity Center for the Homeless – Transitional housing for veterans $132,870
Rescue Mission – Relapse prevention program $46,796
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid – Legal clinic for the homeless $124,908
YWCA-El Paso Del Norte Region – Transitional housing program for families $270,616
YWCA-El Paso Del Norte Region - Mi Casa Child Care $229,728

Additional information on the awards will be available on the HUD website www.hud.gov.

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