DES MOINES – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced nearly $3.16 billion in Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Awards for over 7,000 projects that provide housing assistance and/or supportive services to people experiencing homelessness, as well as costs related to planning and data collection.  Continuum of Care Programs in Iowa received $14,055,353. See chart below. 

CoC Number and Name2023 Award
IA-500 – Sioux City/Dakota, Woodbury Counties CoC$931,010
IA-501 – Iowa Balance of State CoC          $7,161,951
IA-502 – Des Moines/Polk County CoC          $5,962,392
          $14,055,353

 

“Now, more than ever, we are doing all we can to get people off the street and into permanent homes with access to services. That is why we are making sure the service providers on the frontlines of this crisis have the resources they need,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “At HUD, we have served or permanently housed 1.2 million people experiencing homelessness in the last three years alone. The historic awards we are announcing today will help expand community capacity to assist more people obtain the safety and stability of a home, along with the supports they need to achieve their life goals.” 

 

“While we saw rises in the overall rate of homelessness in Iowa based on the 2023 Point in Time count data, we are urgently responding to the need in the state, getting these historic levels of grant funds in the hands of our local partners,” said HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Ulysses Clayborn. “I also want to thank our extraordinary partners across the state that are helping with the 2024 count and making sure that our unsheltered neighbors in the community are heard and we are informed by their lived experiences.”

 

HUD’s Continuum of Care Program is the “backbone” federal program supporting community homelessness response systems across the country, providing grants to nonprofit providers, States, Indian Tribes, and local governments for permanent and short-term housing assistance, supportive services, planning, data, and other costs. The $3.16 billion announced today represents the largest-ever amount of CoC Program funding awarded to communities to address homelessness in history and provides a critical expansion of resources at a time when rates of homelessness are rising in most communities. Included in the $3.16 billion of total awards, approximately $136 million was made available for competitive and non-competitive Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) renewal and replacement grants. The 2023 awards also include approximately $57 million for new projects that will support housing and service needs for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

Through this NOFO, HUD encouraged communities to use proven solutions to address homelessness, like approaches in which people are not required to first complete a treatment program or achieve sobriety as a condition to accessing housing, but instead first connect people to housing, often with supportive services, so that they can achieve better health and recovery. HUD also expanded Continuum of Care eligible activities to support protections available through the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 and to address the unique challenges CoCs face when serving people experiencing homelessness in rural areas. The new eligible activities will allow for greater support for underserved populations. Successful applicants demonstrated their community wide commitment to ending homelessness by highlighting local partnerships with health agencies, mainstream housing agencies, and others. Many communities are particularly focused on reducing unsheltered homelessness through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach.   

Since Day One, the Biden-Harris Administration has been tackling the nation’s homelessness crisis with the urgency it requires, prioritizing new resources and programs to help communities quickly reconnect people experiencing homelessness to housing. The Biden-Harris Administration’s pandemic-era protections and programs such as the scaling of additional Emergency Rental Assistance, and implementation of the enhanced Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit prevented evictions and helped to prevent a spike in homelessness in 2021 even amidst worsening housing needs. The Administration has partnered with state and local leaders across the country to support their efforts. These investments are in addition to sweeping new efforts across the Administration to increase housing supply, lower costs, and protect renters, including through the first-ever Housing Supply Action Plan and Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights. 

The Biden-Harris Administration continues its efforts to not only stop but reverse the post-2016 trend of rising homelessness, as stated in All In, The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released in December 2022. President Biden’s FY2024 Budget calls for Congress to make commonsense investments to lower rental costs and address homelessness, including guaranteed vouchers for low-income veterans and youth aging out of foster care-two groups at higher risk of homelessness. 

HUD remains committed to policy priorities of ending homelessness for all persons, placing emphasis on racial equity and anti-discrimination policies for LGTBQ+ individuals, engaging persons with lived experiences of homelessness in decision-making, and increasing the supply of affordable housing.  

Below is a chart of awards per state. View a breakdown of the Continuums of Care and project awards on the HUD website.

 

FY2023 Continuum of Care Program Grants  

 

State 2023 Award 
Alabama $19,580,755 
Alaska $6,409,777 
Arizona $65,703,841 
Arkansas $4,172,821 
California $601,364,006 
Colorado $39,835,760 
Connecticut $81,888,225 
Delaware $10,095,512 
District of Columbia $29,711,325 
Florida $133,832,958 
Georgia $58,200,367 
Guam $1,443,311 
Hawaii $18,726,450 
Idaho $5,954,318 
Illinois $158,201,788 
Indiana $34,356,658 
Iowa $14,055,353 
Kansas $9,577,831 
Kentucky $34,759,934 
Louisiana $75,666,230 
Maine $20,850,852 
Maryland $68,928,914 
Massachusetts $124,913,344 
Michigan $98,368,482 
Minnesota $43,510,043 
Mississippi $7,786,356 
Missouri $47,682,351 
Montana $5,501,085 
Nebraska $15,957,303 
Nevada $21,760,709 
New Hampshire $12,838,362 
New Jersey $59,223,277 
New Mexico $16,273,415 
New York $303,078,527 
North Carolina $39,868,221 
North Dakota $3,423,089 
Ohio $153,510,589 
Oklahoma $14,036,516 
Oregon $60,295,011 
Pennsylvania $147,967,483 
Puerto Rico $27,436,952 
Rhode Island $15,726,763 
South Carolina $14,651,136 
South Dakota $3,384,448 
Tennessee $35,857,296 
Texas $161,929,269 
Utah $15,283,338 
Vermont $6,837,769 
Virgin Islands $197,737 
Virginia $38,545,915 
Washington $110,731,811 
West Virginia $12,368,832 
Wisconsin $43,941,442 
Wyoming $1,059,135 
Total $3,157,262,992 


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