PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $13.1 million Continuum of Care grant to the County’s Department of Human Services to assist in its efforts to reduce homelessness. The grant is awarded through a competitive process and includes the renewal of HUD funds to support a continuum of housing and service programs for the homeless of Allegheny County. Specific programs include supportive services, safe havens, transitional housing, and permanent housing for persons with disabilities.
“This is great news for Allegheny County, and it will go a long way towards our goal of eliminating homelessness,” said Fitzgerald. “The 67 projects that were renewed with these funds will help us to continue assisting those with complex housing issues.”
The projects funded by the grant represent 58 different agencies that provide housing and vital services to homeless individuals and families throughout Allegheny County. DHS will administer the grant funds to the agencies, provide fiscal and operational oversight, and monitor service provision through regular site visits.
“We are especially pleased because this funding represents a $158,000 increase over what was requested,” said DHS Director Marc Cherna. “The additional amount is an acknowledgement of the great work of our agencies in developing a system of care, and an assurance that more individuals and families will be able to take advantage of the programs that they offer.”
This Continuum of Care grant is the first part of a multi-tier grant awarded nationally by the Department of Housing & Urban Development. Additional funds will be considered and awarded in the near future.
For more information about DHS programs and services, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs.
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