HUD Awards $5.6 Billion in Annual Grants for Affordable Housing, Community Development, and Homeless Assistance


WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced $5.6 billion in funding will go to 1,200 communities through more than 2,400 grants to States, urban counties, insular areas, DC, Puerto Rico, and local organizations across the country. These annual formula grants provide critical funding for a wide range of activities including affordable housing, community development, and homeless assistance. View a complete list of all the communities who received funding.

“Viable communities must promote integrated approaches to develop decent housing, suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities to the most vulnerable,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “These funds allow communities to address their unique needs by prioritizing what matters most to their residents and letting them own their investments in community development through these important federal resources.”

“This funding allows communities to address their most pressing local needs, providing flexible resources to build homes, support renters and homeowners, provide life-saving assistance to people experiencing homelessness, and improve public facilities, community resilience, and local economies,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Marion McFadden. “HUD’s annual formula block grants allow states and localities to invest in the success of neighborhoods and allow people of modest means to thrive.”

The grants announced today are provided through the following HUD programs:

  • $3.3 billion to 1239 states and localities to build stronger communities — The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, counties, and insular areas to develop stronger, more resilient communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income people. In 2022 the program helped over 60,000 families through housing activities, 46,000 individuals through job creation or retention, 83,500 people experiencing homelessness through improvements to homelessness facilities, over 5.3 million people through public services, and over 39 million people through public improvements.
  • $1.5 billion to 664 participating jurisdictions to produce affordable housing — The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is the primary Federal tool of States and local governments to produce affordable rental and owner-occupied housing for low-income families. HOME funds a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. HOME projects leverage non-federal funds including, in many cases, tax credits for affordable rental housing. In 2022 the program helped create over 15,000 units of housing and nearly 17,000 households were assisted with tenant based rental assistance through the HOME program.
  • $499 million to 130 qualifying cities and eligible states to connect people with HIV/AIDS to housing and support — The Housing Opportunities for Persons With HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) program provides stable and permanent housing assistance and supportive services to low-income people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Over 100,000 households receive HOPWA housing assistance and/or supportive services annually.
  • $290 million to 359 states and localities to address homelessness — Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) provides funds for homeless shelters, assists in the operation of local shelters, and funds related social service and homeless prevention programs. Recipients enable people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. ESG funds may be used for street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, and rapid re-housing assistance. Annually, ESG connects over 350,000 people to emergency shelter as they transition to permanent housing
  • $30 million to 23 States and the District of Columbia to support recovery from substance use disorder — The Recovery Housing Program (RHP) allows States and the District of Columbia to provide stable, transitional housing for individuals in recovery from a substance-use disorder.

Combined the programs will provide critically needed funding to thousands of local programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands.


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
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HUD COVID-19 Resources and Fact Sheets

Learn More About HUD’s Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity Work

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Chicago Receives $60 Million, Nation’s Largest Award, to Address Unsheltered Homelessness


CHICAGO In a press conference yesterday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that Chicago has been awarded $60 million over a three-year span to address unsheltered homelessness. Secretary Fudge joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot, All Chicago Making Homelessness History President & CEO Carolyn Ross, Lived Experience Commission Co-Chair Richard Rowe, and Chicago Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Tracey Scott to highlight the Biden Administration’s commitment to addressing homelessness.  

HUD awarded $315 million in Special Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Competition Awards in 46 communities across the U.S. Chicago’s award of $60 million was the largest single grant. 

“This funding is transformational. It will allow us to expand our services, improve our system-level coordination, and move more people into housing,” said Carolyn Ross. “We will be able to develop more robust outreach teams with immediate access to housing, and we will offer more supportive services for our clients once they are in housing.”  

The Chicago Continuum of Care is using these resources to implement a comprehensive plan to reduce unsheltered homelessness that strengthens homeless outreach, provides rapid access to permanent housing and supportive services. The city’s plan also leverages health, behavioral health, and supportive services from partner organizations, as well as housing resources administered by the Chicago Housing Authority. 

All Chicago and the Chicago Continuum of Care worked closely with people with lived experience of homelessness to determine the most effective ways to enhance and expand services for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. “Chicago wrote an amazing proposal. By far, one of the very best we’ve ever seen to express the need that exists here,” said Secretary Fudge.  

This additional support will help approximately 300 people experiencing unsheltered homelessness move into housing each year. The funds will support new housing opportunities to the homeless response system: over 700 units of permanent supportive housing (non-time limited subsidies with intensive case management and support services), and over 50 units of rapid rehousing (time limited subsidies with case management and support services. The grant will help lay the groundwork for continued success.  

Click here to see more information about the award announcement.  

Click here to view the full press conference.

About All Chicago Making Homelessness History 

All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through four signature approaches – Emergency Financial Assistance, Community Partnerships, Data Analytics, and Training. Learn more at   

Media requests should be directed to Hank Sartin, Director of Communications at All Chicago, at or 872-291-1278.   

The Expedited Housing Initiative has Surpassed 1800 Households Rehoused through an Innovative Initiative to Make Rehousing Processes More Efficient 


CHICAGO The Chicago Continuum of Care announced today that the Expedited Housing Initiative, a program begun in 2020 to rehouse individuals and families at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, has now served more than 1800 households. 

The Expedited Housing Initiative (EHI) is a collaborative effort involving the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), All Chicago Making Homelessness History, and the Chicago Continuum of Care and its partner organizations.  

The EHI was initiated in response to the pandemic, which made housing-insecure populations more vulnerable than ever. Many people experiencing homelessness are considered high risk for COVID-19 exposure and need access to immediate housing.  

“This milestone emphasizes the power of collaboration and a holistic approach. The EHI has brought together partners from both the public sectors and nonprofit sectors, as well as landlords and individuals with lived experience to examine all aspects of our systems,” said Brandie Knazze, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services and co-chair of the Continuum of Care. “But it all leads to the same goal: solving homelessness through housing.” 

The program uses federal funding to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness to quickly obtain housing. This funding provides financial and support services to ensure success. The initiative focuses on community engagement, collaboration, and accountability to streamline the housing process and enact lasting change.  

By leveraging an unprecedented reduction of barriers and a $35 million in federal CARES Act funding, the EHI has improved system wide efforts and housed more people faster than ever before. It takes 66 days for an EHI client to move into their rental unit. 

“This began as a response to a crisis, when we asked what we could do to streamline processes to keep people at risk of or facing homelessness safe from Covid-19. It has evolved into a staging ground for innovation. The 1800 households we have been able to serve demonstrate what is possible when we foster bold new approaches,” said Ken Burnett, co-chair of the Continuum of Care Board of Directors. 

The initiative has developed new approaches, including Accelerated Moving Events (AMEs), one-day events allow groups to complete several steps of the housing process at once. At AMEs, participants can view photos of available units, complete applications with onsite assistance, and select furniture. 

By connecting people experiencing homelessness to housing and services, they have a platform from which they can address other areas that may have contributed to their homelessness — such as employment, health, and substance abuse. 

“I knew I needed a big change in my life, and so I’ve been working hard to get clean and make a living. Thanks to my new place, all of that is so much easier,” said Eric Freeman, recently housed through the EHI. “This is maybe the most gratifying experience of my life right now.” 

The EHI brings together an array of service providers. Participating organizations include: A Safe Haven Foundation, Apna Ghar, Catholic Charities, Center for Housing and Health, Deborah’s Place, Facing Forward, Featherfist, Housing Opportunities for Women, Inner Voice, Kan Win, La Casa Norte, Metropolitan Family Services, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Renaissance Social Services, Sarah’s Circle, TASC, The Boulevard, The Night Ministry, Unity Parenting, Volunteers of America, and WINGS.  

Media requests should be directed to Hank Sartin, Director of Communications at All Chicago, at or 872-291-1278.   

Chicago Leads Nation’s Large Cities’ Public Housing Authorities in Utilizing Emergency Housing Vouchers Through a Partnership with All Chicago, Chicago Continuum of Care, and the Chicago Housing Authority 


CHICAGO All Chicago Making Homelessness announced that the City of Chicago is leading the nations large cities public housing authorities in utilizing Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  

The City of Chicago was awarded 1,165 Emergency Housing Vouchers, the countrys 6th largest allocation of vouchers. As of November 1, Chicago has utilized approximately 79% of the awarded vouchers, compared to the national average rate of 52%. The utilization of the EHVs was a collaborative effort involving All Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), and numerous homelessness service providers within the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC).  

The Emergency Housing Voucher program is the first-ever special-purpose voucher program within HUD to address homelessness that is not specific to veterans. Through the program, HUD awarded 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local public housing authorities to assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or who are recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.  

“The successful utilization of these EHVs is largely due to the CoC’s quick action and partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority and All Chicago,” states Nicole Bahena, VP of Community Partnerships at All Chicago. “All Chicago coordinated referrals into EHVs and provided significant training, technical assistance, and coordination between CoC providers and CHA. In addition, Chicago Rents, a CoC program hosted by All Chicago, provided unit location services for those going into EHVs. Because of this system-level coordination, Chicago is leading the country in EHV utilization.” 

Learn more about the EHV program and access the EHV dashboard at:  

About All Chicago Making Homelessness History 

All Chicago’s mission is to unite our community and resources to provide solutions that ensure and sustain the stability of a home. All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through four signature approaches Emergency Financial Assistance, Community Partnerships, Data Analytics, and Training. Learn more at  

Media requests should be directed to Hank Sartin, Director of Communications at All Chicago, at or 872-291-1278.   

Join us on October 7th for Breakfast with All Chicago!

Breakfast with All Chicago

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
9:00 am

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual Breakfast with All Chicago!

If you missed the live event on October 7th, you can still view the recording over on our YouTube channel:

Follow along with our Virtual Program Booklet!

If you would like to support the Breakfast, you can make your donation here.

Mayor Lightfoot to Deliver Special Remarks on October 7th

We are thrilled to announce that Mayor Lori Lightfoot will join the lineup of speakers at Breakfast with All Chicago in just two weeks. On Wednesday, October 7th, Mayor Lightfoot will deliver special remarks about the work being done in Chicago and announce a new initiative to reduce homelessness in the city. Join us to hear about her administration’s priorities. You won’t want to miss it!

About Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. Since assuming office following her historic election, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding opportunity and inclusive economic growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities, with early accomplishments including landmark ethics and good governance reforms, worker protection legislation, and closing a record $838 million budget gap, as well as key investments in education, public safety and financial stability. Mayor Lightfoot also placed Chicago on the path to a $15 minimum wage by 2021.

Help us honor our two award winners who are making a difference ending homelessness in Chicago:

Peter Vilim
Norman H. Stone Award

Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE)
System Impact Award

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*Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000 and provide a variety of benefits. Contact Melissa Anson at or 312-379-0301 ext. 127 for more information.

Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak

All Chicago will be updating this page as more information becomes available.
Find the Chicago COVID-19 Homeless System Agency Emergency Fund here.
Join our weekly webinar with DFSS – now every Friday at 1:00pm here.
Join our Chicago CoC Slack channel here.
See our Homeless System FAQs here.

Illustration of the novel coronavirusIntroduction to Using This Webpage

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

The purpose of this webpage is to consolidate and organize information about Coronavirus that is relevant to housing service providers and others in Chicago that serve people experiencing homelessness. Due to the rapidly evolving situation, much of this information is in the form of links to other sources. If you have feedback about this webpage, please contact

All Chicago is currently working with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to monitor and provide guidance for housing service providers on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). As additional information is released we will share it as soon as possible.

Get the Most Up to Date Info

All Chicago Updates – Sign up for the All Chicago Program Newsletter, where we will be sending COVID-19 and other updates. 

Email Alert List – Get updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Updates from the City of Chicago

Situation Summary from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Special Report from the Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE)

Frequently Asked Questions for Homeless Service Providers – To be periodically updated by All Chicago


People Experiencing Homelessness and the Coronavirus

National Homelessness Information
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, Resource links
An extensive list of links. Take a moment to review and find the most relevant to your organization.

Disease Risks and Homelessness, HUD Exchange
Links to resources from relevant federal agencies issuing guidance from subject matter experts on lessons learned from previous response efforts to infectious diseases.

Emergency Shelters Guidance

Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters, CDC
CDC’s guidance for shelters to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. This guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Preventing and Managing Spread of Disease within Shelters, HUD Toolkit
This document focuses on developing and implementing sanitation guidelines within the emergency shelter system of a CoC to prevent and address the spread of infectious disease.

Outreach and Drop-In Guidance

Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Diseases within Encampments, HUD Toolkit
This document outlines the steps for CoCs to consider when working with local stakeholders to develop and implement sanitation guidelines for homeless encampments that can prevent infectious disease spread.

Housing Providers and Other Agencies Guidance

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations, from CDC
This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas of rooms where someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 has been. It is aimed at limiting the survival of novel coronavirus in key environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available. These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities (e.g., schools, institutions of higher education, offices, daycare centers, businesses, community centers) that do and do not house persons overnight.

Coronavirus Disease: What Supportive Housing Providers Need to Know, from CSH
CSH has pulled together information from a variety of sources, considering the material from the vantage point of supportive housing providers, to help your agency best support your residents, your staff and your community.

Affordable Housing Providers and the Coronavirus, LeadingAge a 501©3 focused on issues of aging.
While targeted to affordable housing for older adults, the site highlights how practitioners can take steps now to develop preparedness and response plans to protect against infection.

Interim Guidance on Housing Inspections, All Chicago
The Chicago CoC has developed guidance regarding housing inspections in emergency situations.

Interim Recordkeeping Standard Operating Guidance, All Chicago
This provides guidance for housing providers on documentation and recordkeeping standards during emergency situations. See a sample protocol document here.

For Agencies, Staff, and Community Members

Symptoms and Prevention

Symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, shortness of breath and coughing. These symptoms can be associated with number of illnesses including influenza (flu).

The following are basic preventative actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Regular hand washing with soap and water. 
  • “Social distancing” to help slow the spread of infection. 
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough. 

Grant Funds and Eligible Costs

Chicago COVID-19 Homeless System Agency Emergency Fund, All Chicago
Philanthropic partners and the Illinois Department of Human Services have provided funding for agencies to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Using CoC Program Funds for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, HUD Exchange
Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grant funds can be a useful resource to support communities’ public health outbreak preparedness and response efforts.

Eligible ESG Costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness, HUD Exchange
A brief guide to Emergency Service Grant usage related to infectious disease preparedness. ESG Program recipients may use ESG Street Outreach and Emergency Shelter funds for essential supplies and services to reduce the spread of infectious disease in their programs.

Educational Materials for Staff and Residents

“Get the Facts” flyer from the Chicago Dept. of Family and Supportive Services

Handouts and Posters on COVID-19 facts, what to do if you’re sick, etc., from the CDC

Instructional Videos on stopping the spread of germs, what older adults need to know, etc. from the CDC

All Chicago’s Role in COVID-19 Response

All Chicago has created a COVID-19 Response Team and is actively working to support our many partner agencies during this challenging and quickly changing time. We are focused on the following three main areas currently:

  1. Promoting Cross-Provider Communication
  2. Securing Financial Resources to Help Agencies Respond to COVID-19
  3. Distilling Guidance from Sources

Catch up on Past Webinars:
All Chicago is hosting weekly webinars for all homeless services providers at 1:00pm every Friday to share COVID related information. See below to catch up on past webinars:
Week 1, 3/16/2020: Summary, Slides, Recording
Week 2, 3/23/2020: Summary, Slides, Recording
Week 3, 3/30/2020: Summary, Slides, Recording
Week 4, 4/6/2020: Summary, Slides, Recording

2020 Census and All Chicago

The 2020 Census will begin soon in our community, and All Chicago will be working over the next few months to ensure that Continuum of Care members and partner agencies are informed and able to promote an accurate count of all people, especially those individuals currently experiencing homelessness. An accurate count is vitally important for Illinois, as it informs billions of dollars in federal funding and congressional representation. To support this effort and to promote outreach to hard-to-count populations, All Chicago is working in coordination with YWCA of Chicago to implement an awareness campaign to people currently, or formerly, experiencing homelessness and encourage their participation in the 2020 Census. This will include:

  • Coordination of efforts and resources with our partner agencies around direct outreach to unsheltered people leading up to the end of March;
  • Email campaign to agencies and their staff detailing census processes and how to support their clients’ engagement with the census; and
  • Supporting the U.S. Census Bureau with data about homeless outreach.

What Housing Providers Need to Know

Agencies should educate their staff on the Census process so they can communicate it with their program participants. Here’s what they need to know:

  1. Individuals in Permanent Housing: Starting mid-March, households across the community will receive a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to complete the census. Following these instructions, Permanent Housing residents can complete the census online at, by telephone, or by mail. Each letter has a specific code corresponding to a specific address that residents will need to enter when prompted. For assistance completing the survey in languages besides English, your residents can visit this page for instructions in thirteen additional languages.
  • Individuals currently experiencing unsheltered homelessness, or who are in site-based projects like Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing: The Census includes two separate processes for people in these situations, occurring between March 30 and April 1. A detailed outline of the entire 2020 Census process is available here.
    • During this time period, U.S. Census Bureau staff will visit site-based housing projects, drop-in centers, and other places offering services to administer the survey to individuals using a shortened paper form.
    • Additionally, on the evening of March 31, U.S. Census Bureau staff will canvass the city, inviting individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness to respond to the Census. Participation is voluntary, and all information is confidential.

The Census is Hiring!

The U.S. Census Bureau is still hiring people for temporary Census positions, visit to learn more about the available opportunities. All positions offer competitive pay, flexibility, and provide paid training. People of lived experience are especially encouraged to apply.

HUD Awards $115 Million to Combat Homelessness in Illinois

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday, January 31st, $115 million in funding to combat homelessness in Illinois. The Chicago Continuum of Care received over $72 million in funding for 2020. At a press conference to announce the funding, All Chicago President and CEO, Carolyn Ross, joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Catholic Charities of Chicago CEO, Kathleen Donahue, and Waukegan, North Chicago/Lake County, Continuum of Care Program Coordinator, Brenda O’Connell.

December 2019 All CoC Meeting Information

We’re looking forward to seeing you at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, December 18th at the All CoC Meeting! The meeting agenda and breakout session descriptions are now available.

Please review the information below to help you plan your morning:
Venue information:  The meeting will take place at Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612. If you are arriving by public transportation or rideshare, please use the Main Entrance.

Directions, parking and transportation can be found here. Wi-Fi is free and that information can also be viewed on this document. Parking is also free in the parking garage. Please bring your ticket to the security desk to have it validated before you leave. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Torelen Winbush