FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 31, 2014
Contact: Catherine Bonfiglio, Corporate Communications & Marketing
During Mayor Patrick Cannon's visit to the White House last week, he met with the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Shaun Donovan where he conveyed Charlotte's work with faith-based and community partners who share a vision to end and prevent homelessness.
Mayor Cannon has also requested that City staff from Neighborhood & Business Services submit an application to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for a Homelessness Grant in pursuit of Continuum of Care funding in the amount of $3.8 million.
Continuum of Care funding programs are designed to assist individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing with the goal of achieving long-term stability.
The grant can be used for permanent and transitional housing supportive services, support of a Homelessness Management Information System, and planning activities. "As Charlotte continues to grow in population along with recognizing that one in four of our of children currently live in poverty and a chronic homelessness population exists, we must be aggressive in our pursuit of funding to end this cycle," says Mayor Cannon. "I believe pursuing this grant on behalf of the City and our partners is timely and prudent to meet our community's needs."
The application will be submitted by the due date of Monday, February 3. The application underscores the partnerships between the City, Mecklenburg County, Hope Haven, Urban Ministry Center, Supportive Housing Communities, CommunityLink, Salvation Army, RHA Health Services, and the North Carolina Housing Coalition.
HUD will announce award application in June 2014.