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HUD Awards Family & Community Services More than $5 Million in Grant Funds

May 3, 2016

Albuquerque - Mayor Richard J. Berry and the Department of Family and Community Services announced today that the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the award of the last two City of Albuquerque/Department of Family and Community Services grants.

During this competitive application process HUD has awarded the Department of Family and Community Services $3,320,621 for its Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Program. An additional $711,933 was awarded this year, bringing the total award to more than $5.5 million dollars for the Albuquerque CoC. Albuquerque serves as the lead collaborative applicant for the Albuquerque CoC.

"Helping those who are most medically vulnerable and are chronically homeless is one of my top priorities,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “By utilizing CoC funds Albuquerque is able to lead the way when helping those that are in need by creating unique partnerships with our homeless housing providers.”

Awarded grant funds will provide critical resources for rapid re-housing and supportive services for homeless families through the Rapid Re-housing Program, transitional housing and supportive services for disabled homeless individuals through the Transitional Housing Program, and provide resources for permanent housing and supportive services for disabled homeless households through the Rental Assistance Program.

A total of $10 million dollars was awarded in the State of New Mexico. The rest of the State, excluding Albuquerque, received $4,323,732 during this year’s HUD grant distribution.

“It is 32% less expensive to house people than it is to leave them homeless,” said Doug Chaplin, Director of the Department of Family and Community Services. “Based on this statistic, it is the goal of the Department of Family and Community Services to address homelessness with permanent housing solutions.”

The Department of Family and Community Services provides quality health and social services, housing, recreation and education to improve the quality of life for the entire Albuquerque Community.

If you or someone you know needs help please call 311, TTY 711. For more information about the Department of Family and Community Services visit cabq.gov/family

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