jump to example.com
newsletter linked in

McDonnell proposes new funding to help efforts to reduce homelessness

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that his upcoming biennial budget will contain considerable new funding to support Virginia’s ongoing, successful, homelessness reduction and prevention efforts.

bob-mcdonnellThe governor will call for over $9.5 million in additional funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, the Rapid Re-Housing Program, and efforts to further enhance data collection. In 2010, McDonnell established Virginia’s first executive housing policy framework, which helped to guide the development of a housing policy in the Commonwealth that addresses homelessness and access to affordable housing.

These efforts have led to a 16% reduction in overall homelessness in Virginia since 2010.

“We have made significant strides in the effort to ensure that every Virginian has a roof over their head,” McDonnell said. “In 2010, we set a goal of decreasing homelessness during this Administration by 15 percent and we are pleased that we have exceeded that goal with a 16 percent reduction in overall homelessness over the last four years, as well as a 17 percent decline in family homelessness. Between 2012 and 2013 homelessness among Virginia’s veterans dropped 18 percent.

“This is progress, but there is much more to be done to ensure that every Virginian has a place to call home and access to the tools they need to get back on their feet and become thriving members of their communities.  That is why we are directing over $9.5 million in new funding over the next biennium to assist in these efforts.  This funding will continue the progress we have made and strengthen the great work being done through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund and the Rapid Re-Housing Program.”

The governor’s budget provides the following funding towards homelessness assistance and prevention:

 

Virginia Housing Trust Fund

  • ·         Establishes $4 million in general fund appropriation in each year of the biennium for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund.
  • ·         The funding supports efforts to reduce homelessness by providing low-interest loans and grants through eligible organizations.

 

Rapid Re-Housing Program

  • ·         Provides an additional $500,000 in each year of the biennium for the rapid re-housing program, which brings the total for the program to $1 million in each year.
  • ·         The program assists households experiencing homelessness to quickly obtain permanent housing.

 

Enhanced Data Collection on Homelessness

  • ·         Adds $585,413 the first year and $91,782 the second year in general fund appropriations to support the development and implementation of a new statewide application to increase the accuracy and reliability of homeless data collection.
  • ·         The new database system will help to evaluate the successfulness of the programs being administered throughout the Commonwealth and to establish new avenues for aid to this population.
 
Top Stories
a

Hillary Clinton, and her problem with her left plank

Even though polls somehow have most of us having already decided between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it’s not as if most of those who have supposedly locked in our choices necessarily like it.

March on McAuliffe: Hundreds protest pipeline

Activists marched to Governor McAuliffe’s house on Saturday to demand that he put the welfare of people ahead of the interests of polluters.

Hillary Clinton taps Tim Kaine as running mate

Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has tapped U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her running mate in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Boring ol' Tim Kaine

My first brush of politics with Tim Kaine involved turkeys, and breakfast at a Bob Evans.

Familiar story: UVA uncertain about QB heading into camp

The old saying about quarterbacks is that if your team has two, it doesn’t really have one. Well, UVA has three quarterbacks, so that’s worse, right?

Justin Fuente: Virginia Tech still undecided on QB

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente is something of a quarterback whisperer. Which is a good thing, because he has a lot of work to do in that area.

Bud Foster will bring stability to culture of change at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster is a rare source of continuity in the wake of a major coaching change.

UVA football undergoing culture change: Will it be enough to turn things around?

New UVA football coach Bronco Mendenhall had a message ready for his new team when he met them for the first time.

Virginia unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in June.

Ms. Angie’s Fund: Salvation Army to honor long-time case worker

Angie Engleman – Ms. Angie to so many in Waynesboro and Augusta County – is retiring, sorta, kinda, from The Salvation Army after 33 years.

 
Discussion
 
Recent News

AFP Business

Your One-Stop Media Shop

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
 

Advertise

Get information on readership and advertising online with us.
.

AFP Classes

Augusta Free Press offers a series of hour-long classes on website design, marketing strategy, social media, event planning and more.
.

Web Design

You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
.

Graphic Design

Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
.

Marketing/PR

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
.

Search Engine Optimization

The prettiest website in the world is like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. If your website hasn’t been search engine optimized, no one is going to see it or hear it – and it’s not going to work for you.


Video/Audio

Web videos, TV and radio commercials, DVDs – Augusta Free Press LLC has you covered when it comes to video and audio production.
.