WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota homeless assistance programs have been awarded a combined $18 million, Housing and Urban Development officials announced Wednesday.
“As we move into the coldest time of the year, it’s critical that no program risk running out of money to keep their doors open,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These grants will make certain that those programs on the front lines of helping the homeless have the resources they need to house and serve persons who might otherwise be forced to turn to the streets.
The bulk of Minnesota’s cash, which is awarded through the department’s Continuum of Care programs to individual local homeless housing and services programs, is headed to the Twin Cities area. More than $7 million was awarded to Hennepin County agencies and about $4 million was given to Ramsey County groups.
The money is intended to continue local programs. Funding levels for start-up programs will be announced in early 2010. For state-by-state information, go here.