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County agencies get $400,000 to help homeless

January 03, 2006

More than $400,000 in federal money is headed to Washington County to shelter and provide training for the homeless.

Washington County Community Action Council was awarded $191,192 and the Washington County Department of Social Services will receive $45,839, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will receive $180,948 for programs for the homeless in Washington County.

The $417,979 awarded locally is part of $1.33 billion in federal funding that will assist homelessness programs nationwide.

HUD made the announcement Dec. 20.

There are more than 150 programs throughout Maryland and nearly 5,000 programs in the U.S., as well as Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the statement.

The money is for emergency shelter and HUD's Continuum of Care programs.

Emergency shelter grants help convert buildings to homeless shelters, pay for operating costs and social service and homeless prevention programs, according to the statement.

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The Continuum of Care programs provide permanent and transitional housing to the homeless, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.

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