WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $7.7 million renewing support for 53 local homeless housing and service programs in Kansas.
There are 14 programs receiving the HUD assistance in Sedgwick County. The largest allocations include more than $826,000 for Shelter Plus Care; more than $333,000 for Transitional Housing for Families and Single Women Program; and nearly $280,000 for the Transitional Housing Project.
The money comes from HUD's Continuum of Care programs; HUD says the funds are a critical part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. These funds are not impacted by the automatic across-the-board sequestration cuts that began on March 1. The U.S. estimates there are more than 633,000 homeless citizens; local communities are reporting an increase in the number of homeless families with children.
Kansas recorded a 6.9% rise in homelessness in 2012.