Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
January 2004
Wisconsin Receives $20.6 Million in HUD Funds to Help the Homeless
Julie Hovden and Judy Wilcox from the Bureau of Housing at the Department of Commerce (Commerce) played a key role in obtaining grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Thousands of local programs that serve the homeless will receive close to $1.3 billion in grants from HUD. The grants include a record funding of more than $20.6 million to Wisconsin.

"These awards will assist several community groups to continue to provide shelter for homeless people in Wisconsin," Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles said. "The projects funded by these awards will have a positive impact in Wisconsin, allowing these agencies to meet the needs of our homeless population."

Continuum of Care (COC) grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. Continuum grants fund outreach and assessment programs at the local level as well as provide transitional and permanent housing to homeless persons and families. Wisconsin was awarded $17,761,000 in COC funding. Award winners were:

  • State of Wisconsin COC - $5,226,683;
  • Milwaukee COC - $8,887,077;
  • City/County of Racine COC - $990,127; and
  • Madison/Dane County COC - $2,657,113.

Grants of $2,852,063 in Emergency Shelter funds are being awarded to four Wisconsin communities based on a formula of a community's need. Emergency Shelter Grants (ESGs) help state and local governments create, improve, and operate emergency shelters for homeless people. In addition, these grants may also support essential services including job training, health care, drug/alcohol treatment, childcare and homelessness prevention activities. ESG recipients include:

  • Madison - $89,766;
  • Milwaukee - $766,449;
  • Racine - $87,682 and
  • Wisconsin State Program - $1,908,166.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities, and people living with AIDS. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov/.

For more information about Wisconsinís housing programs, contact Marty Evanson, Commerce, (608) 267-2713.

Taken from http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr03-143.cfm.

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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