Allegheny County receives $14.3 million to continue helping homeless

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Homeless assistance programs in Allegheny County will receive $14.3 million in renewed federal funds.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that $82.8 million in grants to homeless housing and service programs in Pennsylvania were awarded through the federal agency’s Continuum of Care Program.

In a news release, Mr. Donovan said the grants will go toward programs that range from street outreach and client assessment to housing assistance.

In Allegheny County, grant recipients include programs such as the Northside Common Ministries Permanent Housing Program, receiving $117,417; the YWCA WISH program, receiving $278,471; and the Goodwill HARBOR project, receiving $375,570, according to figures on HUD’s website.

The funding represents renewals of existing grants, said Chuck Keenan, administrator for the county’s Bureau of Homeless Services.

He said Allegheny County programs had received the federal funding they requested.

“We are pleased so far,” he said.

He said the region is still awaiting a decision on about $700,000 worth of funding requested, which he expected would come in about a month.

According to a count conducted in January 2013, there are 1,492 people classified as homeless in Allegheny County. A more recent count, conducted in January, has not yet been released.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.

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