Future management of Durham's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness remains in limbo, but past management finished its work Tuesday looking toward next year.
In particular, it submitted -- 54 hours ahead of deadline -- Durham's application for $786,725 from the federal Housing and Urban Development department.
If HUD approves, $259,105 will continue going to housing and supportive services for homeless people through Genesis Home, Urban Ministries of Durham, Habitat for New Hope and the Durham Housing Authority.
The biggest chunk, $527,620, is earmarked for Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes (CASA, a Raleigh nonprofit that proposes to develop 10 residential units to serve homeless veterans in particular on land it owns in Durham.
An independent review panel gave the nod to CASA's project over proposals from the Durham Housing Authority and the Durham Regional Financial Center. CASA has already developed two Durham properties for low-income housing, one with a $660,000 city grant in 2009.
DHA's project scored close to CASA's, but CASA's ability to use HUD money to leverage other financing for its $1.2-million project was a key reason for its edging the DHA's for the 10-Year Plan's endorsement, said Stan Holt of Triangle United Way, who coordinated the review panel.
HUD's current emphasis on veterans, and DHA's presumed access to other federal money were also considerations.
Housing Authority Director Dallas Parks still sounded displeased over the choice.
"I just want to make sure the unbiased review panel is an informed review panel as well," he said.
HUD's decision on the four funding renewals should be announced in December, said 10-Year Plan staffer Lanea Foster; CASA may not know about its money until after the first of the year.