FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PATCHOGUE, NY – January 12, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development announced yesterday its Continuum of Care (CoC) awards in the amount of $2 billion to support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance program across the country. New York State was awarded approximately $200 million in assistance, a 3% increase over 2016. Community Housing Innovations, Inc. (CHI) was funded for its three permanent supportive housing programs for a total of $191,055 in awards.
CHI faced cuts to these programs in 2017 when HUD prioritized chronically homeless people over stably housed people in supportive housing programs. In 2017, CHI provided permanent supportive housing in Nassau and Suffolk Counties for 137 people including 38 singles and 32 families.
The expectation is that funding will continue to decrease as local CoCs have been encouraged to cut existing programs to reallocate funds to new projects. In an effort to continue providing stable housing with supportive services and case management to the people participating in these programs, executives at CHI continue to work on diversifying funding sources to find the resources to keep people safely in their homes.
For 20 years, CHI has pioneered HUD-funded supportive housing programs that place families and individuals with special needs into permanent apartments and homes – people suffering from mental illness, victims of domestic violence, developmentally disabled, chronically physically ill and those in recovery from substance abuse.
About Community Housing Innovations
Founded in 1991, Community Housing Innovations, Inc. is a nonprofit affordable housing and social services agency serving Westchester, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. CHI provides housing and human services that support social and economic independence. Programs include emergency and transitional housing, permanent housing, homeownership counseling, education, and down payment assistance, foreclosure prevention education, and development of fair and affordable housing. For more information on CHI, visit www.communityhousing.org.