Grant funding to help projects tackling homelessness across Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Dozens of projects across Virginia are getting some grant funding to help address homelessness.
Governor Glenn Youngkin announces more than $12 million in funding on Monday.
According to a release, the Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants will assist 68 projects by supporting rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and support services for underserved populations.
“A critical element of our pursuit of new businesses in the Commonwealth is the housing needed to support these economic development efforts,” said Youngkin. “This funding will help us protect our most vulnerable populations, address Virginia’s housing supply problem and ensure that homelessness in the Commonwealth is rare, brief and nonrecurring.”
These grants will be used to reduce homelessness for nearly 2,700 people and families.
The General Assembly provides funding for the VHTF, and these grants cover about 20 percent of this fiscal year’s investment in the program.
The rest of the funds will support the production of new or rehabilitates housing units through the Affordable and Special Need Housing Program.
The release says the goal of this grant program is to reduce homelessness across the Commonwealth.
The state Department of Housing and Community Development supports local planning group strategies and homeless service projects as part of an emergency crisis response system in communities.
This program must work in conjunction with other community-based activities to address homelessness.
Additionally, grant recipients will use a local centralized or coordinated assessment system, which is considered a best practice approach for helping households that are experiencing homelessness regain stability in permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Locally, six organizations are getting seven grants
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission is getting $222,000 for its Permanent Supportive Housing 2023 and $148,000 for its Rapid Rehousing 2023.
In Charlottesville, the Haven is getting $200,000 for its Rapid Rehousing program, and the city is getting $110,000 for the Crossings Charlottesville Permanent Supportive Housing project.
The Culpeper Community Development Corporation is getting $100,000 in a Homeless and Special Needs Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant.
People Incorporated of Virginia’s Foothills Housing Network’s Permanent Supportive Housing project is getting nearly $96,000.
And the Community Touch Rapid Rehousing 2023 is getting $65,000.
To see the full list of grant recipients, click here.