The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded $7.8 million to support 29 homeless housing and service programs in Delaware.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded $7.8 million to support 29 homeless housing and service programs in Delaware.

These Continuum of Care program grants provide housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state.

This year, HUD continued to challenge state and local planning organizations called Continuums of Care to support their highest performing local programs that have proven effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. State and local planners also embraced HUD’s call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

On a single night in January, HUD estimated Delaware experienced a 9.7 percent reduction among homeless families, a 35 percent increase in veteran homelessness and a 7.5 percent decline in individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. The department launched an effort to more accurately account for the youth and young adult population in the nation’s next count slated for January. When local communities gather and report their 2017 data, HUD will issue new estimates in the fall.

For more information, visit hud.gov.