(WFXR) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $95 million in funding to local programs across Virginia to support community and economic development activities such as increasing the availability of affordable housing and increasing assistance for those experiencing homelessness.
Provided through HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, officials say this funding make up the Commonwealth’s formula allocations for the 2021 fiscal year.
Nationwide, the department says $5.5 billion in grants have been awarded through five HUD programs:
- Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG): Provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, as well as expanding economic opportunities, especially for low- and moderate-income people.
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME): Provides funding to states and localities that communities use—often in partnership with local nonprofit groups—to fund a wide range of activities such as building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people.
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA): Provides rental housing assistance for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
- Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG): Provide funds for homeless shelters, assist in the operation of local shelters, and fund related social service and homeless prevention programs.
- Recovery Housing Program (RHP): Allows states and Washington, D.C. to provide stable, transitional housing for people recovering from substance use disorders.
On a local level, more than $7 million will go toward funding community development, housing, and homeless shelters in the following six cities and towns in southwest Virginia, according to HUD:
“As our partners across Virginia work to provide affordable housing and care to vulnerable citizens, this full-year funding will bolster their efforts and help them continue meeting the unique needs of their communities, especially in the COVID-19 environment,” said Jane Miller, Deputy Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region.