Allegheny County receives $14.3 million to continue helping homeless

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA), 2014-04-09


April 09 --Homeless assistance programs in Allegheny County will receive $14.3 million in renewed federal funds.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that $82.8 million in grants to homeless housing and service programs in Pennsylvania were awarded through the federal agency's Continuum of Care Program.

In a news release, Mr. Donovan said the grants will go toward programs that range from street outreach and client assessment to housing assistance.

In Allegheny County , grant recipients include programs such as the Northside Common Ministries Permanent Housing Program, receiving $117,417 ; the YWCA WISH program, receiving $278,471 ; and the Goodwill HARBOR project, receiving $375,570 , according to figures on HUD's website.

The funding represents renewals of existing grants, said Chuck Keenan , administrator for the county's Bureau of Homeless Services .

He said Allegheny County programs had received the federal funding they requested.

"We are pleased so far," he said.

He said the region is still awaiting a decision on about $700,000 worth of funding requested, which he expected would come in about a month.

According to a count conducted in January 2013 , there are 1,492 people classified as homeless in Allegheny County . A more recent count, conducted in January, has not yet been released.

Kaitlynn Riely : kriely@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1707.

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