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HUD: Emergency Funding for Disaster Homelessness

HUD’s Rapid Unsheltered Survivor Housing (RUSH) program grants money after a disaster-caused uptick in homelessness. The state and seven counties will get funding.

WASHINGTON – Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge traveled to Orlando to announce a first round of funding allocations under HUD’s new Rapid Unsheltered Survivor Housing (RUSH) program.

According to HUD, RUSH fills in assistance gaps specifically in addressing homelessness following a natural disaster. The first round of funding consists of $6.8 million to the State of Florida and seven of the state’s local governments impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Florida RUSH recipients

Collier County: $861,716

Lee County: $288,673

Orlando: $666,918

Polk County: $374,935

Seminole County: $386,784

Tampa: $799,599

Volusia County: $391,184

Florida: $3,000,000

Total: $6,769,809

Rapid Unsheltered Survivor Housing (RUSH)

RUSH funding is available to help communities provide outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, and other assistance to people at risk of homelessness in a disaster affected area if they cannot access all services provided by FEMA programs. HUD currently has $56 million set aside for this purpose.

To balance the need to rapidly assist people affected by disaster and accurately allocate funds based on need, HUD says it plans to use a two-step allocation process. This first will use existing data on the extent of homelessness and the capacity of recipients to administer homeless assistance programs. The second will come later in 2022 and employ data on the extent of damage, particularly for rental units occupied by very-low-income households.

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