WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet welcomed over $39 million in new Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding for Colorado organizations fighting to end youth homelessness.
“Too many young people in Colorado face housing uncertainty and homelessness,” said Senator Hickenlooper. “With this funding, we’re investing in housing and support services to get them on their way to success.”
“This funding will support organizations across the state that are working to place Coloradans in stable housing and end youth homelessness in the wealthiest country in the world,” said Bennet.
“The Biden-Harris Administration and Secretary Fudge are more committed than ever to ending homelessness as we know it,” said HUD’s Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Dominique Jackson. “With this significant funding in the amount of $39.8 million, Colorado’s network of Continuum of Care organizations will be better positioned to provide our most vulnerable neighbors with the kind of housing assistance and supportive services that has the potential to change lives and end the vicious cycle of homelessness.”
Notably, the grants include over $16 million to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless programs throughout the state.
Funding is made available via HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition and Renewal or Replacement of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Grants, which Hickenlooper supported in Fiscal Year 2023 spending.The CoC Program funds non-profits, states, Tribes, and local governments to support community focused efforts to end youth homelessness, targeting those who are 24 years old and younger.
Earlier this year, Hickenlooper and Bennet welcomed a $500,000 grant to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to connect homeless Coloradans to housing, healthcare, and critical vocational services.
Read more about the Continuum of Care Competition and Renewal or Replacement of Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Grants HERE.