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$9.9 million in renewed grants bring the city one step closer to eliminating homelessness


Some good news during the coldest days of winter: Allegheny County's Department of Human Services has received full funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to continue its programs to combat homelessness in the Pittsburgh area. 

"We applied for a total of close to $14 million," says Mike Lindsay of the DHS, and were granted this initial $9.9 million during the first round of funding. The money will go toward maintaining the county's current programs, including safe havens and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families. It will target those who are chronically homeless and struggle with complex housing issues, such as disabilities.

In all, it will fund 41 separate programs through 28 different agencies. 

The remaining money that the county requested will likely come later this year and could help to fund new initiatives. "We're expecting that annoucement to come out later this year," Lindsay says.

Also confirmed: $6.7 million in stimulus funding for the county's Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program, designed to assist  families and individuals in danger of losing their homes in the current economic crisis.


Writer: Melissa Rayworth
Source: Kathy Burk/Mike Lindsay, Department of Human Services

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