Reed Announces Nearly $6 Million for RI Homeless Programs


Local non-profits will use federal funds to provide homeless with housing, support

PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding a total of $5.9 million in Continuum
of Care (CoC) grants for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs. This federal
funding will support more than 40 homeless assistance projects that enable providers
throughout the state to deliver safe, affordable housing and supportive services to
individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Rhode Island.

«This federal funding helps people in need find a safe place to call home and access
supportive services. Our goal is to help displaced people or people experiencing
chronic homelessness to secure a roof over their heads and help them become
self-sufficient again. Whether it’s helping a homeless veteran who is struggling
with PTSD or a family that is facing an eviction, these grants help stabilize
vulnerable individuals and families. We are committed to preventing and ending
homelessness throughout the state, and these federal funds are vital to keeping that
commitment,» said Senator Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations
Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), who helped
provide nearly $2 billion for the CoC program in the fiscal year 2016 appropriations

The federal grants are distributed by HUD and jointly administered by non-profits
throughout the state. These funds offer a variety of housing and services,
including transitional and permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, street
outreach, client assessments, and other services. Grants will also support several
new projects that will provide additional supportive housing and rapid rehousing
services, and statewide tenant-based rental assistance vouchers.

According to HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to
Congress, a
total of 1,160 people across Rhode Island were experiencing homelessness on a single
night in late January 2016.

Senator Reed has been a strong supporter of housing assistance and homelessness
prevention initiatives. Reed is the author of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and
Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, which President Obama signed into law in
May of 2009. This legislation streamlined and boosted homeless assistance and
prevention programs and required the development of a «national strategic plan» to
end homelessness. This plan, Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and
End Homelessness, was produced and led by the U.S. Interagency Council on
Homelessness and serves as the national roadmap to end veterans’ and chronic
homelessness, as well as to end homelessness among children, family, and youth.

State and local homeless projects receiving the federal funding include:

2010 S+C Project: $113,185
2012 Rental Assistance Re-Allocation: $180,871
414 Friendship St.: $73,934
70 Linwood Apartments: $176,915
ACCESS to Home: $320,326
Agape Permanent Supportive Housing Program: $24,055
Amos House Swan Street: $86,819
Burnside Ave. Permanent Supportive Housing: $81,636
CoC Planning Grant: $230,566
Coming Home Permanent Supportive Housing Project: $160,600
Constitution Hill Supportive Housing Program: $133,732
Crossroads Providence Transitional Housing: $144,144
Crossroads Rapid Re-Housing Project for Families: $187,470
East, Earl and Warwick Ave.: $30,185
Eastbay Coalition for the Homeless Transitional Housing Project: $62,057
Fair Street: $38,708
First Step Program: $48,386
Fran Conway House of Hope: $148,721
Gemini Apartments: $27,214
Greater Westerly Supportive Housing Expansion Project: $64,989
Haswill Street: $49,756
Housing the Longest Homeless: $80,233
Ledge Street: $27,925
Lucy’s Hearth Transitional Housing Program: $40,352
McKinney Cooperative Shelter: $84,361
Operation Stand Down West Warwick: $172,652
Permanent Housing for Disabled Adults: $90,592
Permanent Housing for Disabled Elders: $129,673
Rhode Island Family Shelter: $67,500
Rhode Island Homeless Management Information System: $97,064
Rhode Island Housing Permanent Supportive Housing Project: $230,272
Sojourner House Rapid Re-Housing: $150,000
Statewide TBRA for the Homeless: $50,563
Supportive Housing Program: $4,246
The Key: $94,482
The Sarah Frances Grant Homestead: $48,643
Transitional Housing Program: $33,077
Transitional Housing Project-BVAC: $31,513
Travelers Aid Housing: $33,083
Travelers Aid of Rhode Island: $51,789