> Onorato Announces $3.4 Million Grant to Further Combat Homelessness
Onorato Announces $3.4 Million Grant to Further Combat Homelessness
— Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) a $3,365,460 Continuum of Care Grant to fund four new projects that will further combat homelessness.
“The additional funding from this new Continuum of Care grant will help us to work toward achieving the goals of our 10-year plan to end homelessness,” said Onorato. “Together, with the $9.9 million HUD grant awarded to Allegheny County in December, we’ll be able to continue to assist those who are chronically homeless and have complex housing issues.”
DHS will administer the grant funds to agencies, provide fiscal and operational oversight, and monitor service provision through regular site visits, as it did with the grant awarded in December. The $9.9 million grant funded 41 separate programs through 28 different agencies that provide housing and vital services to homeless individuals and families throughout Allegheny County.
“I’m pleased that we were once again successful in this competitive process and will receive full funding to continue this important work,” said DHS Director Marc Cherna. “This new grant only strengthens an already strong system of care in which our agencies and staff help homeless individuals and families achieve stable housing.”
HUD’s Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. In previous years, Allegheny County used the grant to provide essential programs, safe havens, transitional housing and permanent support to chronically homeless individuals and families. Allegheny County’s Continuum of Care works with local governments and community groups to maximize resources to fight homelessness through counseling, rehabilitation and other assistance.
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