President’s 2011 Budget Proposal Boosts Affordable Housing and Homelessness Assistance

Posted by Pam Blanton on February 3, 2010

RealEstateRama reports ….. Overall, President Obama proposed a ten percent increase to homeless assistance programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While the increase is significant, even more will be needed to implement the Department’s new Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act without cutting core services.

Notable among the budget items is a proposed $85 million collaborative housing and services initiative at HUD. The initiative requires HUD, the US Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), and the US Department of Education (DOE) to work together, breaking down the divisions between government agencies and creating incentives for them to pool their resources to meet the needs of homeless families and individuals. The collaboration of these agencies will ensure that vulnerable Americans will have access to a wide breadth of programs that address income, housing, disability,  and education – providing a comprehensive panel of assistance that can prevent homelessness before it happens.  READ MORE

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