HUD Awards Record $2 Billion to Thousands of Local Homeless Assistance Programs Across the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $2 billion to support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. 

Press Release: State Homeless Agencies Plan 2018 Annual Homeless Census

The Mississippi Balance of State CoC (BoS), a group whose membership includes the majority of homeless service providers in Mississippi, plans to conduct a homeless census – also known as a Point in Time Count (PIT) - on January 22-26, 2018. The BoS’s target area includes all the state, excluding the Jackson Urbanized area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

These four trends in rental housing have big implications for the growing affordable housing crisis

The rental housing landscape in America is rapidly changing: new people are becoming renters and many properties are aging.  Meanwhile, the pace at which new rental housing supply is being created can’t meet growing demand. This supply shortage is particularly acute for affordable housing, leading to an ongoing crisis. Tens of millions of Americans live in housing they cannot afford.

Unsheltered Homelessness: Trends, Causes, and Strategies to Address

People sleeping on park benches and street corners are the most visible reminder of the United States’ continuing struggle with homelessness. On any given night, over 175,000 people are unsheltered, sleeping outside or in places not meant for human habitation. On a positive note, unsheltered homelessness has been declining nationally for several years, but some jurisdictions, particularly some large cities, report increases.

Register Now for the 2017 PIT Count

We are just over a month away from conducting the Point-In-Time Count for the Mississippi Balance-of-State! The 2017 Point-In-Time Count will be held January 23rd-27th across the Balance of State. The reference period for the count will be January 23rd @ 12AM until January 24th @ 12AM. The MS Balance of State CoC wants to adequately supply all volunteers with sufficient resources to have a successful and thorough count. Surveys & forms, links, videos, and other information can be found at muteh.wordpress.com.