Statement from Governor Martin O'Malley on Federal Grant for Homelessness
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 28, 2011)– Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following an announcement by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarding more than $44 million to 208 local homeless assistance programs in Maryland through HUD’s Continuum of Care program:
“These are significant new resources for 208 local programs on the front lines of our fight to make homelessness a brief and rare occurrence in our state. These funds are especially welcome in the current economic climate. Every day, another household becomes at-risk because of health-related problems, loss of income or problems finding and keeping housing they can afford, and I am proud that one of the wealthiest states in the country also is among the most aggressive when it comes to providing emergency shelter and prevention services to its families.”
These grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services such as job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. They are competitive grants to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients.
“There is a tremendous need on our streets and in our shelters among those experiencing both long-term homelessness as well as families confronting a sudden economic crisis,” Secretary Donovan said today in making his announcement. “These grants are the lifeblood for thousands of local housing and service programs that are doing the heavy lifting to meet President Obama’s goal of ending homelessness.”
To see the list of local programs funded, go to HUD's Website.