Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester announce $9 million to combat homelessness in Delaware

U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.), today announced that almost $9 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be coming to Delaware to support organizations working to end homelessness across the state.

“I’m proud we can support the organizations in Delaware that work with our brothers and sisters in need to provide safe housing,” said Senator Carper. “It’s important to note that these organizations also provide support and resources that can address the underlying causes of homelessness and help these folks find permanent housing and employment.”

“It is our moral imperative to help our neighbors secure dignified housing. Homelessness does not have a single cause, and the solution won’t come from a single entity,” said Senator Coons, member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. “These organizations are doing some of the hardest work to combat those problems in communities across the First State, and these funds will help them achieve their goal of ensuring every Delawarean has a roof over their head.”

“One of my top priorities since coming to Congress has been creating affordable and reliable housing throughout the First State,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “The sad reality is that too many in our state are experiencing homelessness and don’t have the support or resources that they need. That’s why this investment, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be a much-needed addition to our broader strategy to combat homelessness and ensure that everyone in our state has a safe, reliable, and affordable place to live.”

“These funds are critical for us, as a community, to be able quickly re-house people and families who are experiencing homelessness,” said Rachel Stucker, Executive Director of Housing Alliance Delaware. “We are excited that we received Continuum of Care (CoC) funds this year to increase Delaware’s supportive housing capacity, and continue the good work being done by nonprofits in our state. These local housing programs exemplify the kind of housing help that is urgently needed, and that President Biden’s proposed HUD budget would allow us to do much more of.” 

HUD’s FY 2022 CoC and Noncompetitive Award of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Renewal and Replacement Grants are intended to renew, initiate, or plan programs that harness a whole-of-community approach to addressing homelessness. These grants provide funding to new and existing projects that will provide permanent supportive housing to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness in areas with especially high need.

Delaware will receive $8,901,293 in funding for the following programs. Asterisks denote new programs:

  • $464,388 for CHILD Inc.
  • $100,000 for Code Purple Kent County*
  • $4,811,037 for Conexio Care Inc. across eight grants
  • $774,743 for Family Promise of Northern New Castle County Inc. across three grants
  • $620,008 for Housing Alliance Delaware Inc. across three grants
  • $514,387 for Ministry of Caring Inc. across five grants
  • $487,373 for West End Neighborhood House Inc. across two grants
  • $360,947 for YMCA of Delaware*
  • $768,410 for YWCA Delaware Inc. across three grants