Tuesday, January 5, 2010

County Awarded Grant to Combat Homelessness

The federal government awarded Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services $9.9 million to fight homelessness in the area.

DHS Homelessness Programs Consultant Terri Laver says the money will be distributed to 28 agencies to fund 41 separate programs across the county.

Laver says some money will go toward temporary housing of up to two years, while other funds will be given for permanent housing of the chronically homeless. She says many of the beneficiaries will be disabled or disadvantaged homeless people.

Laver says the county won the competitive grant because they not only have the resources to combat housing issues, but also the social problems that cause homelessness.

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