HUD Secretary Ben Carson said, "HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors". That was 0.7 percent higher than in 2016.
Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said the infusion of money made him "very pleased" and that the vast majority of the new cash will go toward "permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing".
A list of the groups in Florida helping the homeless and getting Continuum of Care grants from HUD can be found here.
The extra grant will help the San Francisco government expand programs to provide housing for the homeless sleeping on the streets.
"This funding is critical in our efforts to end homelessness across Wisconsin as we know it", said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, Joseph P. Galvan.
Organizations based in Chicago will receive the most in funding, with $68.3 million, and programs in Cook County will receive roughly $12.1 million. "Rapid rehousing ensures that homelessness is a brief, rare and non-recurring event for individuals and families".
According to HUD, its annual homeless assessment indicated temporary and long-term homelessness among individuals edged up almost 1 percent in 2017. In addition to coordinating funding for area homeless programs, they will count all local homeless people in a single night at a later point in the year.
The housing department estimates that the number of people experiencing long term, chronic homelessness, including veterans, has increased. Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased.
The total awards in the Continuum of Care program is the most ever, though only slightly above collective grants of more than $1.9 billion in the last few years.