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HUD Budget Targets Ending Homelessness among Families

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said on Tuesday that its proposed budget for Fiscal 2017 will include $48.9 billion in gross discretionary funding and $11.3 billion in new mandatory spending over the next 10 years.  HUD said its budget is focused on helping Americans secure and maintain affordable housing, ending homelessness, and making communities more resilient from natural disasters.

Most of the mandatory $11.3 billion spending is dedicated to a 10-year multi-faceted program to reduce homelessness among youth and families. This is an extension of what HUD calls the "first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness" that was launched six years ago under the title Opening Doors.  Since then HUD says, family homelessness has been reduced by 19 percent nationwide.  Still the annual one-night January count of the homeless this year found more than 64,000 fa

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