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A person sleeps on the ground along West Colfax Avenue and Broadway in Denver’s Civic Center Park in March.

Colorado will receive $31.8 million in federal money for services to homeless individuals and families, with a goal of moving them into permanent housing.

The Continuum of Care program provides funding for certain types of functions, which include permanent housing, transitional housing and supportive services. Such services may comprise outreach to sheltered or unsheltered people as well as linking people to housing, for example.

Homelessness prevention in the form of rental subsidies is another accepted use of the money.

As of January 2018, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness reported that 10,857 Colorado residents were homeless on a given day.

In Colorado, the state will receive $3 million, with individual organizations that offer rapid rehousing and permanent housing receiving anywhere from $37,000 to in excess of $300,000.

The Denver metro area will receive the bulk of the funds, at $26.4 million. Large awards of $2 million for a permanent supportive housing project and $4.7 million for a grant to aid families are included.

The Colorado Springs region will receive $2.3 million.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said that there would be a fourth continuum of care network established for Larimer and Weld counties.

“Last July, I was honored to host Secretary Carson in Aurora to discuss Colorado’s affordable housing needs,” said Sen. Cory Gardner in a statement, referring to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.

“I commend him for listening to us in Colorado, for hearing our unique needs, and for his willingness to help.”

HUD, which awarded $2.2 billion nationwide, found that homelessness had decreased across much of the country in 2019, but large increases on the West Coast meant that the national rate rose overall.

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