Allegheny County gets homeless shelter grant

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Allegheny County's Department of Human Services has received a $3.8 million federal grant to support five new efforts to battle homelessness.

The money from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development will fund temporary and permanent shelter for four categories of people. Part of the grant also will pay to upgrade the human services department's Homeless Management Information System.

"This new funding will allow us to continue our efforts to reduce the incidence of homelessness in Allegheny County," county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Thursday.

The federal "Continuum of Care money" is allocated competitively, county human services director Marc Cherna said. "This grant will afford our providers and staff the ability to continue to build a strong system of care to support homeless persons and families," he said.

The county will contract with outside service providers to build nine units of permanent housing for persons with disabilities and offer 25 units of transitional housing for homeless youth, 28 units of single-room-occupancy housing and 30 units of "Shelter Plus Care" housing for families.

Providers that will receive grant funds are ACTION-Housing Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.

Last year the county received $10.1 million in federal funds to renew existing Continuum of Care projects.


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