Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Seattle invests $22 million in affordable housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today Mayor Ed Murray announced $22 million for the development and preservation of affordable housing in Seattle. The long-term loans through the Office of Housing will support the City’s priorities of reducing homelessness, supporting transit-oriented development and providing options for families of all incomes to live in Seattle

SENATOR KLEIN INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC HOUSING

BRONX, NY – December 16, 2014 (RealEstateRama) –New York State Senator and Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), alongside Assemblyman Luis SepĂşlveda (D-Bronx), New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres (CD-15),  housing advocates, women’s rights activists and victims of domestic violence,  today announced the introduction of new legislation that would create an equal priority system for all homeless women, children and families across New York City. The proposal comes on the heels of shocking revelations that victims of domestic violence do not qualify for priority placement in the New York City Public Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) system, while at the same time, incidents of domestic violence across the five boroughs have increased dramatically in the past year

Delaney Files Bill to Solve Infrastructure Crisis, Reform Tax Code

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation, the Infrastructure and Global Tax Competitiveness Act, to strengthen America’s economy by rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and reforming the broken corporate tax code. The legislation is designed to create jobs, spur economic growth, improve quality of life, and discourage corporate inversions

HUD and VA Team Up to Help an Additional 2,000 Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the second round of housing assistance to help 1,984 homeless veterans find permanent supportive housing. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Last October, the two agencies awarded $62 million in HUD-VASH vouchers to assist more than 9,000 homeless veterans.

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Dec. 12, 2014, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Kentucky and Wisconsin

Walorski Questions Officials on Veteran’s Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials during a hearing on veteran’s homelessness regarding a report released last week that found a hotline established to help homeless veterans missed thousands of opportunities to provide assistance

Congressman Garamendi Votes to Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON, DC – December 11, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, yesterday voted for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, H.R. 5059, important legislation to stem the epidemic of veteran suicide. The bill passed the House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate for consideration

MASSACHUSETTS LAUNCHES PAY FOR SUCCESS INITIATIVE TO REDUCE CHRONIC INDIVIDUAL HOMELESSNESS

FRAMINGHAM – December 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Deval Patrick today announced the launch of a Massachusetts Pay for Success (PFS) initiative that will leverage philanthropic and private capital investments to reduce chronic individual homelessness, creating a new model of sustainable state support for chronically homeless individuals. The initiative will provide 500 units of stable supportive housing for up to 800 chronically homeless individuals over 6 years, improving the well-being of individuals while saving taxpayer dollars by reducing the utilization of costly emergency resources like shelter and Medicaid payments

Harkin Announces More Than $79,000 for Homeless Veterans in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Iowa will receive a total of $79,318 in grant funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing program (VASH). The funding will provide homeless veterans with rental assistance. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the subcommittee that funds HUD

HUD AND VA TEAM UP TO HELP ADDITIONAL 2,000 HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES

WASHINGTON – December 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the second round of housing assistance to help 1,984 homeless veterans find permanent supportive housing.  The rental assistance announced today is provided through the

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Dec. 5, 2014, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Nov. 28, 2014, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Maryland

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Nov. 14, 2014, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Idaho, Massachusetts, and Missouri

Support Mercy Housing for #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014.

Denver, Colorado – November 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mark your calendar to support Mercy Housing for #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014. This year after Thanksgiving there are three important days to remember, Black Friday…Cyber Monday… and Giving Tuesday. After two days of shopping, donors are provided a day to give back and come together to support nonprofits throughout the country like Mercy Housing

Pilot Initiative Will Help Homeless Veterans in Prince George’s County Receive Individualized Assistance, Stable Housing for Their Families

CROWNSVILLE, MD – November 11, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In recognition of Veterans Day, Acting Secretary Clarence J. Snuggs is announcing the Families First initiative, an innovative pilot program that will help homeless veterans in Prince George’s County – particularly those with children – find stable housing for their families.

Health Centers Serving Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness Enrichment Webinar

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Special populations and other vulnerable populations make up a significant portion of patients served by the Health Center Program. The Office of National Assistance and Special Populations (ONASP) is hosting a Special/Vulnerable Populations Enrichment Webinar Series for Health Center Program Grantees, Look-Alikes, and MSCG Consultants.

National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans Offers Housing First Video Series

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, in partnership with Pathways to Housing, has posted a video series on Housing First, an evidence-based, low-barrier, supportive housing model that emphasizes permanent supportive housing to end homelessness. The 33% reduction in homelessness among veterans between January 2010 and January 2014 is evidence that the Housing First approach works

Patrick Administration Commits Funding to House Homeless Veterans

Wednesday – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today the Patrick Administration announced $6.23 million in funding to support the redevelopment of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans on Court Street in Boston. The announcement furthers the state’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness among Veterans released in March 2013

HUD REPORTS HOMELESSNESS IN U.S. CONTINUES TO DECLINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting a continued general decline and specifically among veterans and persons living on the street. HUD’s 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds that there were 578,424 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2014. This represents an overall 10 percent reduction and 25 percent drop in the unsheltered population since 2010, the year the Obama Administration launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.

ACLU Challenges Miami-Dade Housing Restriction Forcing Former Sex Offenders to Live by Railroad Tracks

MIAMI – October 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida filed suit against Miami-Dade County and the Florida Department of Corrections, seeking a permanent injunction against a housing ordinance that is extraordinarily difficult for former sex offenders to follow without becoming homeless. The law prohibits former offenders from living 2,500 feet (almost half a mile) from any building the county labels a “school,” a category the county has enforced arbitrarily since the ordinance went into effect in 2010. This restriction has left about fifty former offenders with nowhere to live other than an outdoor area along railroad tracks on the outskirts of Miami-Dade county. Each night, they sleep in chairs, in tents, and under tarps, without