Louisiana awarded $7.6 million by HUD to combat homelessness

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LOUISIANA (BRPROUD) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding Louisiana $7.6 million for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) for families at risk of homelessness.

The announcement made by HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said that this is “the first tranche of American Rescue Plan funds for EHVs.”

Approximately $7,651,392 – 616 vouchers – for 20 public housing authorities (PHAs) administering the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Across the nation, HUD is awarding $1.1 billion – 70,000 vouchers – for 626 PHAs.

Click here to see the full list of awards.

“Addressing our nation’s homelessness crisis is a top priority for HUD,” said Secretary Fudge. “With COVID-19 still a threat and with the sweltering summer months just around the corner, the $1.1 billion we are announcing today comes at a critical time in our efforts to get people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into safe, stable homes. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, communities now have the robust resources they need to make significant progress toward ending homelessness.”

The funds of $1.1 billon in EHVs is part of $5 billion that the American Rescue Plan Act enabled HUD to allocate in additional vouchers to PHAs.

The EHV program’s goal is to serve a variety of housing needs – from high-cost urban areas to rural communities.

Officials say that this funding provides communities with resources to help individuals or families who are homeless; at risk of homelessness’ fleeing or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or recently homeless. EHVs help these individuals find housing and remain housed long-term.

HUD says over an 18-month period, the $1.1 billion fund covers costs of vouchers and related administrative costs, including up-front costs needed to stand up the program.

After the initial 18-month period, HUD will provide annual funding to cover the cost of renewals in 12-month increments through September 30, 2030 or until the $5 billion ARP allocation runs out, whichever comes first.

HUD says they have allocated $10 billion in American Rescue Plan homelessness assistance: In addition to the $5 billion for EHVs, HUD allocated $5 billion through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to increase affordable housing to address homelessness.

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