Somerville, Arlington Awarded $1.9M To Fight Homelessness

SOMERVILLE, MA – More than $1.9 million in federal grant funding has been awarded for homeless assistance programs in Somerville and Arlington through the Continuum of Care Program competition, Mayor Joseph Curtatone said.

The Somerville-Arlington Continuum of Care (CoC) received $1,921,026 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which will help provide permanent supportive housing and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families.

Residents who are homeless in both communities may access the housing programs through a Coordinated Entry system with a “no wrong door” approach, which addresses their particular needs and prioritizes people who are most vulnerable and have been homeless for longer. The HUD award will also expand the CoC’s data management system and contribute to planning funds for ongoing efforts.

Below are the projects and programs receiving funding:

City of Somerville

The Somerville-Arlington CoC is the local organization that coordinates housing and service planning and funding for homeless individuals and families. The City of Somerville serves as the lead for the CoC, and Somerville Homeless Coalition serves as the homelessness management information system (HMIS) lead.

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The CoC on Jan. 31 participated in the federal annual point-in-time count, which counts the number of individuals and families on the street and in shelters. From April 23-May 13, youths experiencing homelessness in Somerville and Arlington will be surveyed as part of a statewide Unaccompanied Youth Count in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Agencies that provided oversight of Youth Ambassadors in 2017 included Wayside Youth and Family Services, Teen Empowerment, Justice Resource Center/Youth Harbors, Somerville Homeless Coalition, Welcome Project and Just-a-Start.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Somerville-Arlington Continuum of Care homeless assistance program awards, or about the Point-in-Time Count and the Unaccompanied Youth Count, please contact Heidi Burbidge, Housing Programs Coordinator for the City of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at hburbidge@somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext. 2587.

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