The state receives $8.6 million to assist homeless

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) The city has received $8,637,216 in federal grant funds to keep 22 homeless assistance programs operating for the next fiscal year.

The funds came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care programs, which provide funding for permanent housing for homeless persons with disabilities. The programs also fund transitional housing, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and child care for people able to apply for it.

"I am very pleased and grateful to HUD for its continuing support of these important local programs," said Mayor Peter Carlisle. "These grants provide essential support to meet critical needs of individuals and families who experience homelessness in our community."

The grants are awarded competitively. The City's grant application was prepared by the Department of Community Services, culminating a year-long process that included an annual  count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in January 2010, a comprehensive inventory of shelter beds and services, identification of gaps in homeless services, and establishment of Continuum of Care funding priorities.

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