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Nearly $68 million in grants to help Michigan homeless

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Nearly $68 million in grants are coming to Michigan to support about 325 local homeless housing and service programs.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary announced Monday the Continuum of Care grants as an effort to end homelessness.

“It’s a national shame that anyone would call the streets their home,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro in a statement Monday. “Working with our local partners, we’re redoubling our efforts to support permanent housing solutions for our veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. We’re also focused on providing targeted assistance to families and young people who are falling between the cracks. As a nation, we can and must end homelessness.”

The grants will help local projects provide housing and support services for the homeless including street outreach and direct housing assistance, officials said. Nationally, HUD has awarded $1.8 billion.

Some groups receiving grants:

■In the Pontiac/Royal Oak area in Oakland County: The Chronic Homeless Leasing Assistance Program will receive $344,763; PATH Teen Renewal will get $179,205

■In Ann Arbor: Avalon/Ashley Supportive Housing will get $91,307

■In St. Clair Shores/Warren in Macomb: Macomb Homeless Coalition HMIS 1 Project will get $25,682

■In Dearborn/Dearborn Heights/Westland in Wayne County: First Step Aftercare/Transportation Renewal FY2014 will receive $77,763; Focus on Families will receive $219,034; Rapid Rehousing Reallocation will receive $514,707. In Detroit, Development Centers Ren 14 will get $2,362,992, Infinity will get $989,603 and Genesis House II will get $1,077,868 and Genesis House I / Teen Moms will receive $414,457

There are 578,424 homeless people in America, based on a 2014 HUD estimate. Since 2010, the overall number of homeless has declined 10 percent, with a 25 percent decline in people living on the streets.

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