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HUD grants help the homeless

5/2/2014, 6:06 a.m.

DeKalb County-area groups are receiving more than $3.2 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight homelessness.

Jerusalem House received $215,000, Project Open Arms got $450,000, and Caring Works received more than $600,000 to provide housing and support services for the homeless and their families.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s 4th Congressional office announced the funding on April 22.

“We must do more to help citizens get back on their feet,” he said.

The grants are part of more than nearly $1.6 billion to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the country. Georgia-based organizations received $32 million under the program.

The grants from HUD’s Continuum of Care Program ensure the local projects remain operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

“Whether it’s helping to rapidly re-house families with young children or finding a permanent home for an individual with serious health conditions, HUD is working with our local partners to end homelessness as we know it,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said.

To view a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding, visit https://www.onecpd.info/onecpd/assets/File/2013-georgia-coc-grants.pdf.