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housing for persons experiencing homelessness. This reduced the
proportion of the total CoC funding which went to supportive services
from 50 percent in 2002 to 34 percent in 2008, as illustrated in figure 3. In
subsequent years, CoCs submitted new and renewal projects with mostly
housing activities (such as operation and leasing), and according to HUD
officials, this resulted in more than 40,000 newly constructed housing
units.49 During this shift towards housing assistance, HUD required new
and renewal applicants to provide information on how those projects
planned to coordinate and integrate with other mainstream health, social
services, and employment programs. Even though HUD officials noted that
it relied on other federal agencies to fill the supportive services gap,
providers we visited told us they are challenged to secure supportive
services funding from agencies other than HUD. A requirement that HUD
applicants provide information on plans to coordinate with other agencies
does not directly address this concern of these service providers.
48The 2001 HUD Appropriations Act included the requirement that no less than 30 percent
of HUD's total appropriation must go to permanent supportive housing.
49Beginning in 2002, HUD began scoring CoCs on housing emphasis, which is a calculation
based on the relationship between funds requested for housing activities and funds
requested for supportive service activities. Furthermore, HUD began scoring CoCs on
enrollment and participation in various mainstream programs.
GAO-10-724 Rural Homelessness
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