(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David announced Wednesday the City is awarding $145,567 for homeless prevention programs as part of its annual allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The funding comes from the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and will advance four programs to assist efforts by local non-profits to eliminate homelessness in 2019.
“Cities across America face the challenge of homelessness and how to better care for some of our most vulnerable populations,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “In Binghamton, we’re working with expert agencies to address the issue on multiple fronts, including prevention and outreach. As we continue to focus on the ‘housing first’ model that we and other communities have found successful, continuously seeking new opportunities to grow the City’s affordable housing stock, the programs funded today will assist the hundreds of families who access emergency shelter in Binghamton each year and ensure more families are able to stay in their homes.”
The four programs being funded are:
$55,567 — Family Enrichment Network — Caring Homes Program
$47,036 — YWCA of Binghamton / Broome County — Emergency Housing Program
$27,464 — YWCA of Binghamton / Broome County — Street Outreach
$15,500 — Catholic Charities of Broome County — Teen Transitional Living Program
“Homeless prevention services aid families experiencing a housing crisis by working to immediately stabilize the family,” said April Ramsay, Director of Program Development at Family Enrichment Network. “Through our Caring Homes Program, we work to prevent a family from becoming homeless by providing financial assistance for rent arrears, utility shutoffs, or for a security deposit to move into a stable home. The program often assists families who find themselves in a crisis situation due to loss of employment or unemployment. With this funding, our program greatly reduces the likelihood a family becomes homeless and in turn lowers the cost of other public services and leads to improved educational and health outcomes."
“Last year, agencies funded by the City of Binghamton through HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant program provided emergency shelter for 330 households facing homelessness as well as essential street outreach, rental assistance, and homelessness prevention services to more than 500 members of our community, including 151 families and over 300 children,” said Rebecca Rathmell, CoC Coordinator, Southern Tier Homeless Coalition. “One of the strongest predictors of homelessness as an adult is the experience of housing instability as a child. These critical programs not only meet the immediate needs of those facing the trauma of having no home to call their own, they also prevent pending and even future occurrences of such instability.”
These funding awards are made on the heels of announcing the $4.2 million, 19-unit homeless housing project on the City’s North Side.
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