Ending Homelessness

Guilford County homeless service providers receive $1.5 million in HUD funding

US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $1.47 billion in renewal funding to more than 7,100 local homeless programs across the country. Homeless service providers in Guilford County will receive $1.5 million.

Guilford County HUD funding recipients:

  • Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford, Inc.; High Point; Project Home Front; SHP; $34,996
  • City of High Point; High Point; Housing First; S+C; $77,352
  • Family Service of the Piedmont, Inc.; Jamestown; Clara House; SHP; $70,218
  • Greensboro Housing Authority; Greensboro; Grace Homes; S+C; $427,536
  • Greensboro Housing Authority; Greensboro; Supportive Housing; SHP; $477,369
  • Greensboro Housing Authority; Greensboro; Supportive Housing; SHP; $43,730
  • Greensboro Urban Ministry; Greensboro; Partnership Village I; SHP; $59,850
  • Mary’s House, Inc.; Greensboro; SHP; $135,982
  • Open Door Ministries of High Point, Inc.; High Point; Arthur Cassell Transitional Housing Program; SHP; $48,919
  • Open Door Ministries of High Point, Inc.; High Point; HMIS – High Point; SHP; $13,750
  • Open Door Ministries of High Point, Inc.; High Point; ODM Permanent Supportive Housing Project; SHP; $62,159
  • The Salvation Army; Case Management/After Care; High Point; SHP; $19,274
  • The Servant Center, Inc.; Greensboro; Servant House; SHP; $47,586
  • Youth Focus Inc.; Greensboro; Youth Focus Transitional Living Program; SHP; $51,700

TOTAL $1,570,421.00

SHP = The Supportive Housing Program is designed to develop supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible.
S+C = The Shelter Plus Care Program provides rental assistance for hard-to-serve homeless persons with disabilities in connection with supportive services funded from sources outside the program.

Ending homelessness through accountability? And without government funding!

Jay Goldinger of LA is on to something:

“His tough-love approach is one that works to motivate people to take responsibility for their actions. Participants start by sweeping the streets. A completed week then brings cards redeemable for food. Ten consecutive weeks brings greater incentives and rewards. For those who don’t miss a week, they can, during the course of a year, get help with medical and dental problems and even see a $3,000 bank account opened in their name while being provided with safe housing and help getting a real job.

What’s the catch? Accountability.

Backsliding is never rewarded. And there is another key component. Jay demands of everyone—random acts of kindness–like sharing some food, guiding a blind person across the street, helping an elderly person with their shopping…

Simple acts that remind us it isn’t how much you amass but what you are prepared to do for others that should define our worth as human beings.”

Keep reading: Could LA’s Jay Goldinger hold key to defeating homelessness?

GAO: “Better coordination of federal homelessness programs may minimize fragmentation and overlap”

A recently released GAO report, “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue,” reveals costly fragmentation and overlap in federal homeless programs. Taxpayers are currently spending billions of dollars on these programs — including “ending homelessness” programs — and yet, homelessness is actually increasing in the U.S. So to hear about wasteful spending is not good news. Below are some quotes from the report, followed by a link to the full report.

from Why Area Is Important:

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD, approximately 643,000 individuals and persons in families experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2009. Multiple federal programs provide assistance targeted to those experiencing homelessness or more broadly assist low-income populations. GAO reported that in 2009 federal agencies spent about $2.9 billion on over 20 programs targeted to address the various needs of persons experiencing homelessness. Some federal programs may offer similar types of services and serve similar populations, potentially leading to overlap or fragmentation.

from What GAO Found:

GAO reported in July 2010 that at least seven federal agencies administered more than 20 programs that provide some type of shelter or housing assistance. Similarly, five agencies administered programs that deliver food and nutrition services, and four agencies administered programs that provide health services including mental health services and substance abuse treatment. This range of programs has resulted in a fragmented service system.

and

Without more formal coordination of federal programs to specifically include the linking of supportive services and housing, federal efforts to address homelessness may remain fragmented and not be as effective as they could be.

under Actions Needed:

The plan recognizes that collection, analysis, and reporting of quality, timely data on homelessness are essential for targeting interventions, tracking results, strategic planning, and resource allocation. As noted above, currently each federal program generally has distinct data requirements. The plan acknowledges that a common data standard and uniform performance measures across all federal programs that are targeted at homelessness would facilitate greater understanding and simplify local data management. Consistent with the plan, representatives with USICH noted that agencies are taking steps to improve and coordinate data, specifically citing the December 2010 announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in Homeless Information Management Systems over the next 12 months.The formal coordination among agencies outlined in this plan may minimize fragmentation of federal programs and help address gaps in supportive services while linking housing and supportive services. The linking of these services is considered to be important for effectively delivering assistance to those experiencing homelessness.

» Read U.S. GAO – Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs