HUD announces funding for homeless assistance programs

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded millions of dollars to homeless assistance programs across Virginia.

According to a release, HUD announced more than $30.8 million has been awarded to support 143 programs.

These Continuum of Care grants provide support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness.

"Local communities in Virginia are on the front lines, working day in and day out to reduce homelessness," said Joe DeFelice, the regional administrator of HUD's Mid-Atlantic region. "I'm pleased we can bolster their efforts by renewing support to 115 existing programs and funding 20 new, promising projects."

The release says the grants support an array of interventions that are designed to assist individuals and families who are homeless, especially those who are living in places that are not meant to be lived in, people using sheltering programs, or those at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

In Charlottesville, two programs are getting some funding through the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. One grant is for $369,350, and a second is for $10,969.

Last month, HUD announced nearly $2 billion in grants to renew funding for 6,000 homeless assistance programs across the country, and the $30.8 million announced for Virginia on Friday is part of an additional $202 million awarded to new programs.

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