In full disclosure, the following is a press release from Senator Ed Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who were elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve Washington DC in the US Senate. Both are Democrats. (file photo)
WASHINGTON DC – United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), as well as Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-Mass . ), Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.), Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass. ), Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) and Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.), Today, March 16, announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $104,616,107 in federal grants to support efforts to end homelessness in Massachusetts.
The funding, which was awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program, will help nonprofit providers, states, and local governments in their efforts to provide emergency, transitional, and supportive housing. homelessness and survivors of domestic violence; help connect people at risk of homelessness with supports and services; and identify local service and housing needs.
“States, local governments and nonprofits are on the front lines fighting homelessness day in and day out, and we must do all we can to support them,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “Secure, stable and affordable housing is a basic human right, and this new federal funding will go a long way to protecting families and individuals in Massachusetts who are homeless – while ensuring that residents at risk of homelessness have access to assistance. to prevent homelessness.
“We can prevent homelessness from becoming despair by connecting people to housing, providing support and services to our Bay State brothers and sisters who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and by investing in local providers who do this important work every day so they can continue to fight to end homelessness in our state,” said Sen. Ed Markey. “I am proud to have worked with my House and Senate colleagues to provide this critical funding.”
“This significant funding from HUD will enable communities and organizations in Western and Central Massachusetts to plan, implement, or continue their homelessness reduction missions,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. “I am grateful to my local partners and the work they do to provide people with safe, affordable and consistent housing. »
“COVID-19 has amplified so much social and economic injustice in our country, but let’s be clear: even before the pandemic, we weren’t doing enough to make sure everyone in America had a roof over their backs. head,” said President McGovern. . “We have a moral obligation to support the most vulnerable members of our community, especially survivors of domestic violence, and to ensure they have a suitable place to call home. These grants will go a long way to ensuring that all members of our community can access safe, stable and affordable housing. I am grateful to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for putting these critical funds into the hands of the people and organizations that need them.
“This federal funding of more than $100 million is a boon for people struggling with homelessness in a tough housing market,” Rep. Lynch said. “I am very pleased to see Massachusetts receiving this critical funding to continue our efforts to end homelessness. These grants will help our cities and nonprofit providers support those in need of housing assistance and connect them to the resources and services they need. I am grateful to my colleagues in the House and Senate and to the hundreds of organizations across the Commonwealth who will use this funding to help the most vulnerable in our society.
“Homelessness is a political failure and should be unacceptable. The pandemic and its economic fallout have drawn the curtain back on the shortage of available affordable housing in Massachusetts and the importance of safe housing to our collective public health. I am proud of the progress we have made in this year’s budget, and I will continue to fight to end homelessness, invest in affordable housing, and ensure everyone has access to shelter and safety. said Deputy Chairman Clark.
“Housing is a critical determinant of public health and a fundamental human right,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “This funding will help us protect the health of people in 7th who face the threat of homelessness by keeping them safely housed. I am grateful to my colleagues in the delegation and the administration for their partnership in providing these vital dollars to further affirm housing as a human right in Massachusetts.
“As we continue our pandemic recovery, it is essential that we support our most vulnerable neighbours,” said MP Lori Trahan. “The $104 million in grants awarded through HUD’s Continuum of Care program will do just that by supporting local and statewide efforts to help homeless people in our communities. I am proud to join my colleagues in announcing this key funding as we work together to end homelessness in the Commonwealth once and for all.
“Organizations in my district like New Hope have been going it alone for far too long. It is high time for Congress to step in and provide the necessary funds to address homelessness and some of its root causes, including mental health, as well as its dangerous side effects, such as sexual assault,” said the member of the Auchincloss Congress.
The full list includes 243 state and local homelessness projects funded in Massachusetts through these grants.
More information on HUD’s CoC program is available here.