Permanent housing for veterans in need
Federal funding coming down the pike for alleviating homelessness — namely the $5 billion announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in April — adds up to more money for cities and counties to address the crisis than many have seen in decades. Fudge and other leaders say that they want these funds to be used for permanent solutions, not for stopgap services.
Some municipalities simply don’t have the staffing or systems in place to absorb these funds, however. Community Solutions, a national nonprofit committed to ending homelessness, hopes to set the model for ways that cities can make the most of the money. Community Solutions recently paired up with a local nonprofit in Atlanta called Partners for HOME to purchase a 132-unit apartment building called Centra Villa, about 8 miles southwest of downtown.