HUD awards $483,260 locally to house homeless

2014-04-18T00:45:00Z HUD awards $483,260 locally to house homelessSpecial to The T&D The Times and Democrat
April 18, 2014 12:45 am  • 

United Way of the Midlands and the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless announced Wednesday that more than $2.6 million has been awarded through U.S. Housing and Urban Development for housing projects serving people who are homeless in the Midlands region.

United Way of the Midlands, the HUD lead agency for the local homeless coalition, coordinates and submits the annual federal HUD grant.

“We are very pleased to announce these awards for the Midlands area,” said Mac Bennett, president and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “This means we can continue to support over 1,100 people working their way back to financial stability. We are grateful for our strong community partners that implement these programs and provide these services to the community.”

HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as critical services including mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and counseling. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients.

Projects awarded in The Times and Democrat Region are:

n United Way of the Midlands (HMIS Renewal SC — 502 FY 2013) – Grant for the community’s client and bed management database utilized in Allendale, Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Chester, the City of Columbia, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, the City of Rock Hill and York — $120,544 for a one-year renewal.

n Midlands Housing Alliance Inc. (Midlands Transition Center) — Grant to provide 64 transitional housing units for homeless men and women in the City of Columbia, the City of Rock Hill, Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and York counties — $265,833 for a one-year renewal.

n Samaritan House — Grant to provide 20 units of transitional housing and services to homeless people in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties — $96,883 for a one-year renewal.

Lila Anna Sauls, MACH Board Chair said, “I’m excited this funding will allow organizations across the Midlands to provide a true continuum of care for the homeless. Housing is an important step in that continuum that will help those in crisis regain their independence.”

HUD recently awarded $1.6 billion nationally to renew funding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs operating across the U.S. That funding ensured housing and service programs remained operating in 2014.

For more information about the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless, visit www.midlandshomeless.com or contact Jennifer Moore at jmoore@uway.org or 803-733-5421.

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