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HUD Gives $1.7 Million to Wake Homeless Programs

Posted February 8, 2008

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— The federal government announced a grant of more than $1.7 million to fund projects for the homeless in Wake County on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will give $1,769,543 to three projects run by the Wake Continuum of Care, a group of local agencies that serve the homeless.

"Many of the citizens this grant will allow us to help have lived on the streets for years," said David Harris, Wake County director of supported housing and homeless services. "It's great to see them moving into their new homes and taking charge of their lives."

The grant will allow Wake County's Housing First program to serve 14 additional people, raising the total number of citizens served to 32. The funds will support three projects:

  • Shelter Plus Care, a new rental-subsidy program for homeless persons with disabilities, for one year.
  • Shelter Plus Care, a rental-subsidy program for chronically homeless adults with disabilities, for five years.
  • Community Outreach Team, which provides services to homeless persons with disabilities, for two years.

HUD will also give $376,496 over the next two years to Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes, which provides housing and support services for homeless people.

Additionally, the Passage Home project will get $220,615 over two years to provide transitional housing and services to homeless families.

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  • PikeMom4real Feb 8, 2008

    Leonardo,Chill dude.I have an "opinion" too.Don't throw trash
    around,until you have cleaned up your own backyard.

  • colliedave Feb 8, 2008

    The grant will allow Wake County's Housing First program to serve 14 additional people, raising the total number of citizens served to 32.

    Let's see, 1.7 million for 32 people. Sounds like the govenment not at work.

  • claudnc Feb 8, 2008

    Wow glad to hear the passage home will benefit. Passage home has locations all over Raleigh and they do good things. Passage home services families who are homeless and they make it mandatory that these women are employed and are attending parenting classes, educational courses, rent ready programs. They also have transitional homes that deal with reunification of the family for ex-offenders and substance abusers (male and female) Looktotheright - Oprah can do whatever she wants to do with her money. She does help folks in the states - she always has. They are Americans and when Americans need help/assistance due to no fault of their own (mental)WE should help them.

  • Leonardo Feb 8, 2008

    look to the right: Lay off the criticism of Angelina Jolie. She's trying to help the neediest people in the world, and that's noble in my opinion. It disgusts me that people like you criticize her for her efforts "because she's not helping Americans first" when you probably haven't lifted a FINGER to help anyone, let alone your fellow Americans.

  • Leonardo Feb 8, 2008

    whatelseisnew: "Do these programs ever get any of these people moved off Government Assistance, or is this a to the grave thing?"

    Usually, homeless people are homeless because they are too mentally unstable to be able to keep a job (think shell-shocked Vietnam Veterans). People do not typically choose to become homeless. So no...giving these people government assistance usually means providing for them until the grave, since you cannot solve their mental problems. Does that mean that we shouldn't help them at all then? So because there isn't a chance that they can become 'productive' citizens, we should just let them rot in the street?

  • PikeMom4real Feb 8, 2008

    This will be a great thing.It's about time we "take care of our own" instead of worrying about what goes on in another Country.If I read correctly,it will be for people with "disabilities".Maybe Oprah and Jolie can learn from this.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 8, 2008

    Do these programs ever get any of these people moved off Government Assistance, or is this a to the grave thing? I only ask because the Chinese Government might not approve of how we are spending the money they are providing to us.