The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) received a $283,000 financial award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to continue the effort of eradicating homelessness among U.S. Veterans and the public in El Paso.
The CoC Program’s mission is to strive to improve the lives of men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness throughout the country. HACEP was selected by the CoC based on its ability to fight against homelessness through the Veterans Lodge and Siesta Gardens Communities.
Veterans Lodge, specifically tailored for U.S. Veterans at risk or who were previously facing homelessness, receives $127, 463 and Siesta Gardens, which serves those who are at risk of homelessness, receives $155,947 – both communities managed by HACEP.
These funds will allow HACEP to continue the management and operations of both communities.
“To be recognized by HUD is a great honor,” states HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon. “Receiving this award reflects the commitment we provide to assist our nation’s heroes who have fallen on hard times and to those other families and individuals that are experiencing homelessness find a place to call home.”
Veteran’s Lodge provides 15 units of project-based rental assistance through the Veteran’s Lodge Shelter Plus Care Program. Qualified veterans and their families receive expert case management services by the El Paso Veteran Affairs Office in order to address the cause of their homelessness in an effort to return them to self-sufficiency.
Siesta Gardens is a 22-unit community in Northeast El Paso who serves individuals that are chronically disabled and homeless looking for a decent place to live. HACEP partners with Emergence Health Network whom provides Siesta Gardens’ residents on-site counseling and rehabilitative care.
The grant accepted will be put in to place to provide transitional shelter and more supportive services to achieve independent living for those suffering from homelessness.