What does homelessness have to do with the criminal justice system? Plenty! Many who are released from prison – and 96% of all inmates are released – have no place to go. They have burned so many bridges that they must rebuild that one element so critical to bouncing back: trust and confidence in them. They must get a job, and prove to be a dependable worker.
Few are as fortunate as I was in landing at Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing (DIMH), one of the best homeless shelters in the country. A good homeless shelter is more than a roof, a bed, and food … it has diligent staff and volunteers who are dedicated to helping the homeless help themselves, by getting jobs, a big and essential first step to bouncing back. Many homeless need help in getting the basics: their birth certificate, a driver’s license, etc. …
When we help the homeless, whether they be ex offenders or “your neighbor” who got laid off, we help our communities. DIMH returns to the community of central Delaware ten times the cost of operations! The Chairman of the Board has all the numbers proving this so if you don’t believe me call me and I’ll put you in touch with the proof! Where else do we get a tenfold return on investment?
Everyone should call for more tax money to be allocated to fight homelessness, and you can do so by opening this article.
And, of course, YOU can donate some of your time and/or some money to a homeless shelter in your town today!
In central Delaware, you can reach DIMH at 302-736-3600 or stop by (5 to 6 PM is the best time!) at 684 Forest St., Dover, DE 19904
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Each year, Congress passes a budget allocating funds to federal programs on the discretionary side of the budget, including homeless assistance programs. The federal government’s largest homeless assistance program is HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program.
This page provides key updates in the annual appropriations process as it relates to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program and other federal programs that serve people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
FY2019 Congressional Appropriations
Recently, the Senate Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee passed a spending bill which proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding levels for Federal programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction. This bill, which recommends funding through the end of the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 2019, included $2.612 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This amounts to a $99 million increase from FY2018 and would serve an additional 15,000–20,000 households.
For a more detailed breakdown of the final funding levels for programs important to ending homelessness, read our updated budget chart. (Chart last updated June 11, 2018.)
About McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants fund local, regional, and state homeless assistance programs through the competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) formula grant program. The CoC program funds proven, Housing First interventions like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing, as well as transitional housing in appropriate situations.
A CoC is a geographical administrative unit through which federal homeless assistance funds are distributed. Homeless assistance providers in a specific geographic area work together to apply for federal funding. HUD ranks the applications and provides funding based on the quality of the application, the performance of the local homeless assistance system, the need for homeless assistance, and the local rankings of individual programs.
The ESG grant funds emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, and rapid re-housing.
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