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HUD Gives $1.7 Million to Wake Homeless Programs

Posted February 8, 2008 12:03 a.m. EST

— 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.