The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that it has awarded $292,329 in continuum of are grants to five Wyoming homeless housing and service programs.
It's part of a $2 billion nationwide effort to help more than 7,300 programs.
The HUD's Continuum of Care grants are meant to move the homeless off the streets and into transitional or permanent housing.
Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the USA, especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.More news: Few Canadian cities cold enough to host future Winter Olympics
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According to HUD, there were 553,742 homeless people across the country on a single night in 2017, which was up by less than 1 percent from the previous year.
Federal officials announced a total of about $187 million in grants Thursday to combat a persistent homelessness problem in Southern California, with priority given to programs aimed at getting people off the streets and directly into housing. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 76 percent since 2016 and 95 percent since 2010. On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent.
According to HUD, "HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions created to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless". Family homelessness increased by 4 percent.
In addition to helping keep local shelters open, the program allows organizations to continue to provide rental assistance, Carson said. These Continuums of Care will report these one-night "point-in-time counts" later in the year and will form the basis of HUD's 2018 national homeless estimate.