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Grants Will Help Combat Homelessness In County

February 10, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County programs will get $4.2 million in grant funding to help combat homelessness, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant awards were announced late Friday as part of $108 million in Continuum of Care Program grants awarded to programs around the state. “Local communities in Pennsylvania are on the front lines, working day in and day out to reduce homelessness,” Joe DeFelice, regional administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region said in a statement. “I’m pleased we can bolster their efforts by renewing support to 438 existing programs and funding 44 new, promising projects.” Twenty-seven local programs will receive grant funding in amounts ranging from $46,908 to $350,675. The programs receiving the funding include the Manna House, Mother Teresa’s Haven, the Kirby Family House and the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center. According to HUD, the grant funding supports a “broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness.” In January, HUD announced almost $2 billion to renew funding to thousands of homeless assistance programs across the country. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058

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