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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 18, 1994
                       TO CITIES FOR THE HOMELESS

The President today proposed substantial increases in federal funding for homeless programs in individual cities across the country. Under the President's direction, Secretary Henry Cisneros and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have identified cities that would be eligible to receive the funds under the new assistance program.

The program announced today takes steps towards achieving several of the goals outlined by Priority: Home! The Federal Plan to Break the Cycle of Homelessness, a report issued yesterday by the Federal Interagency Council on the Homeless. The Report recommends a significant increase in resources including a doubling of the HUD homeless assistant programs and an increase in the 1995 Budget.

The assistance program announced today will be directed by Assistant Secretary of HUD for Community Planning and Development Andrew Cuomo and will provide more than $1 billion in flexible funding plus $514 million in rental assistance vouchers that will aid local communities in providing services as well as completing the continuum of care with permanent housing.

Attached is a state by state breakdown of dollar amounts cities would be eligible to receive under the Federal Plan proposal. Also indicated are the total dollar amounts that the localities have received since the initiation of the McKinney Act homeless programs in 1987 through 1993, and the average funding received by each state per year.

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