The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $109 million in grants Thursday to homeless programs across IL, and a fair amount of those funds were disbursed around northern IL.
It's part of a $2 billion nationwide effort to help more than 7,300 programs.
According to a HUD media statement, "HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness".
California topped the list of state and local programs being funded by the grants, with 900 programs being funded for a total of $382,566,777.
"HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors", said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
According to HUD's statistics, last year, there were nearly 554,000 homeless Americans, an increase of.7 percent from last year with much of that increase taking place in California. "Progress is being made but we must remain resolute in our mutual commitment to more innovatively and effectively address homelessness through a housing-first approach that is evidence-based". HUD officials said Western New York received a 3 percent increase over the previous funding cycle, which will bring approximately $360,000 more to the area.
In New Jersey, HUD estimates there were 8,536 people were homeless on a single night in January 2017, representing an overall 4.0 percent decrease from 2016 and a 38 percent decrease since 2010. Unsheltered homelessness is on the rise in high-cost rental markets where affordable housing is in short supply. In addition, veteran homelessness increased by 1.5 percent, chronic homelessness increased by 12.2 percent and family homelessness declined by 5.4 percent. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent.