By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
HONOLULU (AP) - The federal government is awarding $14 million in grants to address homelessness and to support housing for low and moderate-income people.
Hawaii's congressional delegation announced the grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Thursday.
Most of the money will go toward developing housing and to providing affordable places to live. About $1 million will be specifically for homeless individuals and families, and $641,000 will help provide housing assistance for people with HIV and AIDS.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says homelessness is one of the most serious and urgent challenges in Hawaii. He says we need to act now to address the problem.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says the extreme shortage of affordable housing makes it difficult for families to find a safe, stable place to live.