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HUD gives ARPA funds for homelessness and housing security

HUD gives ARPA funds for homelessness and housing security. Brenda Birkle, Exec. Director, My...
HUD gives ARPA funds for homelessness and housing security. Brenda Birkle, Exec. Director, My Front Door/Affordable Housing.(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 6:03 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Housing and Urban Development program will soon be sending help for people who are experiencing homelessness.

“We won’t make progress, unless we decide we’re going to make hay while the sun is shining, right? Unless we decide we are going to take some of those Covid era funds and make permanent solutions,” said Brenda Birkle, executive director of my front door.

The HUD program released a notice this week regarding the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that will address homelessness and housing insecurity.

The notice will give direction to the Wyoming Community Development Authority for the distribution of the funds.

The public will have 15 days for open comment, and non-profits can also comment about the needs and restrictions placed on the program to assist the public better.

The HUD funding will focus on people who have 30 percent or lower of the area median income, or A.M.I.

Wyoming’s most significant “need” demographic is 53 to 86 percent of the A.M.I.

That makes funding out of reach for the bulk of Wyoming’s at-risk population.

There is also a “need” gap between the emergency rental program requirements and this new HUD requirement, leaving a gap of people who can’t receive assistance.

“We’ve also seen that burden of folks who are sheltered and they’re above that 30 percent ami struggle with reduced hours and income reduction in that manner and they become vulnerable,” said Birkle.

Additional funding will also be available for building new housing capacity.

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