Twenty-one programs serving homeless individuals in Dayton, Kettering and Montgomery County together were awarded $7.2 million in federal funds Thursday to continue operations.
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care grants fund permanent and transitional housing for homeless persons as well as services such as job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.
The Continuum of Care grants are the county’s single largest source of funding for programs to end homelessness, Joyce Probst MacAlpine, Montgomery County’s manager of housing and homeless solutions has said.
Among the agencies receiving awards were St. Vincent de Paul, which got a $117,981 grant for the Kettering Commons apartments, the county’s first permanent supportive housing program for families. The Opening Doors for the Homeless program — created to give homeless individuals with mental health diagnoses increased access to housing and supportive services — received $490,000.
“These programs work and we know these grants can mean the difference between homeless persons and families finding stable housing or living on the streets,” Antonio R. Riley, HUD’s midwest regional administrator, said. “Homeless programs provide meaningful and stable platforms of hope for a better life for the homeless which enhances the entire community.”